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Jan 13, 2015 5:49 AM

Official: No legal grounds to keep Egypt's Mubarak detained

The Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) An Egyptian judicial official says there are no legal grounds to keep deposed President Hosni Mubarak in detention after an appeals court ordered his retrial in a corruption case.

The official at the chief prosecutor's office says Mubarak has the right to walk free after the country's top Appeals Court ordered a retrial in a corruption case against him and his two sons earlier Tuesday.

It was the only case still keeping Mubarak behind bars. Mubarak has already been cleared over the killings of protesters during Egypt's 2011 uprising that toppled him.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to media.

He says "paperwork is being processed" for Mubarak's release but declined to speculate if and when that could happen.


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