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Egyptian court to review petition for Mubarak's release on Wednesday

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court will on Wednesday review a petition for the release of deposed President Hosni Mubarak filed by his lawyer, judicial sources said. The court will convene at the Cairo prison where Mubarak is being held, the sources said. If the court upholds the petition, Mubarak will be released as there remains no further legal grounds for his detention, though he is being retried on charges of ordering the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising, judicial sources say.

Lawyer expects Egypt's Mubarak to be freed this week

CAIRO (Reuters) - Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president overthrown in an uprising in 2011, will be released from jail in the next 48 hours after a prosecutor cleared him in a corruption case, his lawyer Fareed El-Deeb told Reuters on Monday. He was speaking after judicial authorities ordered Mubarak released in one of the remaining corruption cases against him. The only legal grounds for Mubarak's continued detention rest on another corruption case which will be cleared up later this week, Deeb said.

With Egypt in chaos, Mubarak misses court session

CAIRO (Reuters) - The retrial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on charges of conspiracy to kill protesters convened on Saturday in the absence of the deposed autocrat, who was missing for security reasons after political violence swept the country. Mubarak's two sons, Alaa and Gamal, who are standing trial on corruption charges, were also absent, as was Mubarak's former interior minister, Habib el-Adly. A security official said all were absent for security reasons.

Egypt army confirms it is holding Morsi

Egypt's army is "preventively" holding ousted president Mohamed Morsi after his ouster by an army decree, a senior army official told AFP Thursday. "He is being held preventively for final preparations," the official said, suggesting Morsi might face formal charges over accusations made by his opponents. Morsi was detained along with senior aides after issuing a defiant call for supporters to protect his elected "legitimacy", in a recorded speech hours after the military announced he had been ousted Wednesday.

Egypt appeal court orders PM jailed, dismissed: source

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian appeals court upheld a one-year prison sentence against Prime Minister Hisham Kandil on Wednesday and ordered him to be removed from his post, a judicial source said. Kandil was handed the sentence in April for failing to implement a court ruling to renationalize a textile company sold off by the ousted former Hosni Mubarak administration. The appeals court ruling came on the day when the army intervened to sideline elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and put in place a new political transition.

Prosecutor sacked by Morsi reinstated: Egypt judiciary

Egypt's top judicial body confirmed on Wednesday the reinstatement of public prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmud, piling the pressure on President Mohamed Morsi who sacked him in November. The Supreme Council of Justice made the move a day after the Court of Appeal issued a "final decision" reinstating Mahmud, appointed at the time of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, to the post of attorney general. His replacement Talaat Abdullah said in response that he "respects all judicial decisions," according to a statement released by his office.

Egypt's Morsi urges dialogue as tension mounts

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has repeated a call for dialogue with the opposition in an attempt to mitigate deep political divisions ahead of planned rallies later this month calling for his resignation. "I have said it before. I urge everyone to sit together to discuss what would achieve the interests of our nation," Morsi said in an interview published in the state-owned Akhbar al-Youm newspaper. The interview comes a day after tens of thousands of Morsi supporters massed in Cairo in a show of strength ahead of opposition protests planned for June 30.

Egyptian police accused of destroying security papers acquitted

CAIRO (Reuters) - A Cairo court on Wednesday acquitted all police officers and officials accused of destroying documents of the internal security agency whose brutality was a rallying point for the revolt that swept Hosni Mubarak from power. The 41 acquitted include the former head of the state security apparatus, Hassan Abdel Rahman, who is also on trial with Mubarak and others for complicity in the murder of more than 800 protesters during the 2011 uprising.

CORRECTED: New documents in Mubarak retrial

Toppled president Hosni Mubarak's retrial was adjourned until July on Monday after new documents and videos were submitted over his alleged complicity in the killings of protesters during Egypt's 2011 revolution. The criminal court in Cairo, on a technicality, also ordered the release of his two sons, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, who have been on trial along with the former leader on corruption charges. The maximum two-year period of preventive detention has run out but the brothers are unlikely to walk free because of other charges against them, a judicial source said.

New documents in Mubarak retrial

Toppled president Hosni Mubarak's retrial was adjourned until July on Monday after new documents and videos were submitted over his alleged complicity in the killings of protesters during Egypt's 2001 revolution. The criminal court in Cairo, on a technicality, also ordered the release of his two sons, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, who have been on trial along with the former leader on corruption charges. The maximum two-year period of preventive detention has run out but the brothers are unlikely to walk free because of other charges against them, a judicial source said.
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