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Mubarak expected to be released from jail on Thursday

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 - 01:21

Aug. 21 - Hosni Mubarak's lawyer says he expects the former Egyptian President to be released from jail on Thursday. Reaction on the streets is mixed. Linda So reports.

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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is expected to walk out of this prison any day now. An Egyptian court has ordered for his release saying there are no longer any legal grounds for his detention. Mubarak's lawyer says he will likely be released on Thursday. SOUNDBITE: LAWYER OF FORMER EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT HOSNI MUBARAK, FAREED AL DEEB, SAYING: ''We're waiting some procedures, thank you (Reporter asks: Will he be released today?) We don't know maybe tomorrow. Ok.'' The 85-year-old has been held at this high security prison for the past two and a half years. His release drawing mixed reaction on the streets. SOUNDBITE: CAIRO RESIDENT GAMAL NASR, SAYING: ''I think releasing Mubarak at this time will cause some internal problems between opponents and supporters of this move. But our country's best interest should be above all interests. We have one corrupt president and one menacing one. Both should be on trial.'' Others support Mubarak's release saying his successor should be the one on trial. SOUNDBITE: CAIRO RESIDENT, AMAL,SAYING: ''We should be putting Mursi on trial, not Mubarak. Mubarak did not do anything. When we told time to leave, he left. But Mursi and his aides held on to power and as you can see, what happened in the country is not acceptable to anyone, or to God." Mubarak's release could stir more unrest in Egypt where hundreds have already been killed in recent weeks.

Mubarak expected to be released from jail on Thursday

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 - 01:21

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