Pretoria: Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will be released within this week, as the last corruption case he faces is likely to get settled within 48 hours, his lawyer Farid al-Deeb said on Monday.
“All that is left for us to do is a simple administrative procedure… I’m certain that Mubarak will be released by the end of this week,” said al-Deeb.
Since Mubarak is accused of misusing power and receiving gifts from his information minister in the case, he will pay back the money equivalent of the gifts’ worth, al-Deeb said.
“I’m certain that by settling the last corruption case, Mubarak will be released immediately,” al-Deeb added.
Earlier on Monday, an Egyptian court ordered the release of Mubarak in his second last corruption case, in which he is accused of looting funds allocated for maintaining the presidential palaces.
In another move, the general guide of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie was arrested by police in Cairo earlier this morning.
Also, two Brotherhood leading members, Youssef Talaat and Hassan Maleik, were arrested along with Badie.
He has been transferred under intensive security measures to Torah prison, where Mubarak and his two sons are detained.
On July 4, just one day after the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian acting prosecutor general Ahmed Ezz el-Din ordered an arrest warrant against the Brotherhood top leader over charges of inciting the killing of anti-Morsi protesters.
Badie’s deputy, Kirate El-Shater, was also on the arrest warrant, as investigations revealed that they had hired thugs to kill Morsi’s opponents at the Brotherhood’s headquarters in Cairo’s Muqattam district.
Tensions are still high in Egypt. In the latest incident, suspected militants ambushed two busloads of off-duty security forces in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula on Monday, killing at least 25 and injuring three others.
A total of 36 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Egypt’s ousted President Morsi hails, died in a riot when they were being transferred to a jail on Sunday.
Morsi, the first democratically elected president, was ousted by the armed forces in July after only one year in office. Since then, the constitution has been suspended and an interim government established, while protests by supporters of Morsi turned violent across Egypt.
Last Wednesday, Egyptian security forces moved to clear two camps of Morsi supporters in Cairo, and at least 866 people have been killed across the country since then, according to Health Ministry records.