CAIRO (AP) — Prosecutors in Egypt say they're unlikely to appeal today's court order for the release of former President Hosni Mubarak.
The decision could add to the tensions in the deeply-divided nation, and increase the anger against the military-backed government. It could also lend support to the claims by Islamists that last month's military coup was a step toward restoring the old regime.
Even if he's released after more than two years of detention, Mubarak will still be on trial on separate charges that could put him back behind bars. Those charges accuse him of complicity in the killing of protesters in the last days of his rule.
Still, one human rights lawyer says his release "will cause chaos." Nasser Amin says the release could bring "new alliances between revolutionary groups and political Islam."
A prosecution official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the order to free Mubarak won't be appealed. A senior prison official told a private TV station (CBC) that his office will ask the prosecutors tomorrow whether Mubarak is wanted in other cases. If not, he will be freed.
173-c-13-(Sarah El Deeb, AP correspondent)-"case of corruption"-AP correspondent Sarah El Deeb reports that the Egyptian judiciary has authorized the release from prison of ex-president Hosni Mubarak. (Mubarak has been held since April, 2011, and is now on trial on various charges including the killing of protesters during the 2011 popular uprising against him.) (21 Aug 2013)
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174-c-13-(Sarah El Deeb, AP correspondent)-"state-owned newspaper"-AP correspondent Sarah El Deeb reports that even if ousted president Hosni Mubarak is freed on the corruption charge he still faces other, more serious, charges. ((watch for dating in the lead; the cut should stand)) (21 Aug 2013)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Hosni Mubarak headshot, as Egypt President, after meeting in Berlin, Germany, graphic element on gray (21 Aug 2013)
APPHOTO CAI102: FILE - In this Saturday, April 13, 2013 file photo, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak waves to his supporters from behind bars as he attends a hearing in his retrial on appeal in Cairo, Egypt. Officials say an Egyptian court has ordered the release of ex-President Mubarak, but it's not immediately clear whether the prosecutors will appeal the order. (AP Photo, File) (19 Aug 2013)
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