Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak could walk free within days his lawyer confirmed today as the sense of crisis in the country deepens.
Mass crowds gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square to protest against the outcome of the trial of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak.
Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life in prison after a court convicted him of complicity in the killing of protesters
Egypt's general prosecutor has said he will not appeal a Cairo court's decision to release the deposed leader Hosni Mubarak, paving the way for his release, NBC News reports.
Hosni Mubarak's lawyer has said that the former president could be freed as early as tomorrow.
An Egyptian court has ordered the release of the deposed president Hosni Mubarak, a security source has told Reuters.
An Egyptian court will review a petition for the release of deposed President Hosni Mubarak later today, judicial sources have told Reuters.
His lawyer told ITV News that all charges had been dropped and that Mr Mubarak could walk free in the next few days, if the court upholds the petition.
The longstanding leader has been in custody since his overthrow in 2011 charged with various counts of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters.
Reuters reports that he still faces the prospect of a retrial for the latter accusation.
An Egyptian court will tomorrow review a petition for the release of deposed president Hosni Mubarak filed by his lawyer, judicial sources told Reuters.
The court will convene at the Cairo prison where Mubarak is being held.
If the court upholds the petition, Mubarak will be released as there remains no further legal grounds for his detention, though he is being retried on charges of ordering the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising, the sources added.
Egypt's former leader Hosni Mubarak is likely to walk free within a week having faced the prospect of execution just weeks ago.
Mr Mubarak's lawyer confirmed to ITV News that all charges had been dropped, although he refused to appear on camera.
The news emerged as it was announced that the country's first democratically-elected but now deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, could face new charges.
ITV News International Correspondent John Irvine reports from Cairo:
Hosni Mubarak will be released from jail in the next 48 hours after a corruption case against him was dropped, his lawyer Fareed el-Deeb told Reuters.
The only legal grounds for Mubarak's continued detention rest on another corruption case that will be cleared up later this week, Deeb said.
"All we have left is a simple administrative procedure that should take no more than 48 hours," Deeb said.
The former Egyptian president, who was overthrown in an uprising in 2011, still faces a retrial on charges of complicity in the murder of protesters.
Hosni Mubarak's lawyer said he expects the former Egyptian president will be freed this week after he was cleared in a corruption case, Reuters reported.
The retrial of former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak has been adjourned until 8 June after a three-hour court session today.
Mubarak denied charges of failing to stop the killings of protesters during the 2011 uprising that swept him from power.