Mubarak 'to be freed this week'

Egypt's former presodemt 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.

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Mubarak set to be released 'within 48 hours'

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.

Hosni Mubarak arrived on a stretcher for his 2011 trial over the killing of protesters. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

"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.

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