Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak waves to his supporters inside a cage in a courtroom at the police academy in Cairo April 13, 2013. REUTERS-Stringer(Reuters) – Deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak will leave jail as early as Thursday after a court ruling that jolted a divided nation already in turmoil seven weeks after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Convening on Wednesday at the Cairo jail where Mubarak is held, the court upheld a petition from his lawyer demanding the release of the man who ruled Egypt for 30 years until he was overthrown during the uprisings that swept the Arab world in early 2011.

Judicial and security sources said the court had ordered Mubarak’s release. His lawyer, Fareed al-Deeb, confirmed this as he left Tora prison after the session. Asked when Mubarak would go free, he told Reuters: “Maybe tomorrow”.

Mubarak, 85, was sentenced to life in prison last year for failing to prevent the killing of demonstrators. But a court accepted his appeal earlier this year and ordered a retrial.

The ailing former president probably has no political future. But many Egyptians would see his release as the rehabilitation of an old order that endured through six decades of military-backed rule – and even a reversal of the pro-democracy revolt that toppled him.


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Britain will go to the United Nations over claims of a nerve gas attack near Damascus that rebels say has killed over 1,000 people, with William Hague saying the reports would mark a “shocking escalation” if proved true.

The Syrian National Coalition, the main Western-backed opposition group in the country, said at a press conference that 1,300 people had been killed as shells loaded with poisonous gas rained down on the capital’s eastern suburbs of Douma, Jobar, Zamalka, Arbeen and Ein Tarma.

The death toll given by George Sabra, the group’s deputy head, represented a vast increase from the figure of 213 suggested earlier by activists and medical sources.

The government of Bashar Assad issued a strong denial, accusing activists of seeking to distract a United Nations team currently visiting the country to probe alleged use of chemical weapons.


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NSA surveillance reach broader than publicly acknowledged

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Guardian says Britain made it destroy Snowden material

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CIA documents acknowledge its role in Iran's 1953 coup

CIA documents acknowledge its role in Iran’s 1953 coup

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Cruz says he will renounce any Canadian citizenship after releasing birth certificate

Cruz says he will renounce any Canadian citizenship after releasing birth certificate

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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to be freed

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to be freed

Egyptian judicial officials have ordered former President Hosni Mubarak freed from jail, a stunning turnaround for the 85-year-old strongman who ruled the nation for three decades before being ousted in a popular revolution, and a move that could plunge the unraveling North African nation into further violence. The announcement, which comes as Egypt is roiling with new protests following the… Read more →

Tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters stormed the streets of Cairo Friday, some chanting “down with military rule!” as the embattled country braced for more protests over a crackdown on Islamists.

Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi marched in several Cairo neighborhoods and other towns across the country, protesting a military-imposed state of emergency after massive bloodshed earlier this week.

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Britain has summoned the Egyptian ambassador for a meeting as the death toll from Wednesday’s attack on pro-Morsi supporters rose to 525.

The Foreign Office said it had summoned the Ambassador to express its “deep concern” at the violence.

London urged the authorities to act with “the greatest restraint”, the Foreign Office said on Thursday.

“We called in the Egyptian ambassador to express our deep concern at the escalating violence and unrest in Egypt,” a spokesman said.

Egyptian ambassadors to France and Germany were also called to similar meetings on Thursday.


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