Egypt military orders house arrest for Mubarak if freed – state TV

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(UPDATED) Citing the emergency law, the deputy military ruler orders Mubarak to be placed under house arrest if freed

HOSNI MUBARAK. An image grab taken from Egyptian state TV shows ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak gesturing behind bars during a hearing in his retrial at the police academy in Cairo on July 6, 2013. While Mubarak has been granted conditional release in one of the corruption cases against him, an additional corruption case kept him in custody until August 21, 2013. Photo by AFP/Egyptian TV

CAIRO, Egypt (2nd UPDATE) – Egypt’s military ordered Wednesday, August 21, that Hosni Mubarak be placed under house arrest, as the ex-president appeared set for conditional release in mid-trial on murder and corruption charges, state media reported.

“In the framework of the emergency law, the deputy military ruler ordered Mubarak to be placed under house arrest,” read a news flash on state television.

The court decision to free the former president came in a hearing on the 4th of the cases the former president currently faces.

In the past, when courts have approved Mubarak’s release, prosecutors have leveled new charges to keep him in detention.

On Monday, August 19, a court ordered his conditional release in the third of the cases against him, with judicial sources telling AFP his lawyer would seek his release on Wednesday.

Prosecutors may appeal the court decisions, as they did when it previously ordered his release on the other cases.

There was no news of an immediate order for Mubarak’s release, and he still faces trials in the 4 cases against him, which include allegations of corruption and killing protesters. – Rappler.com