Egypt prosecutor orders release of ex-President Mubarak

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The state prosecutor in Egypt has ordered the release of Hosni Mubarak, the president ousted in 2011, after a court cleared him in a retrial over ordering the killing of hundreds of protesters during the revolt that ended his 30-year rule.

Mr Mubarak was handed a life sentence in 2012 in connection with the killing of the protesters but his conviction was later overturned. He has spent six years in detention, most of them in hospital, writes Heba Saleh.

Although the former president has been cleared of the murder charges, corruption charges in connection with embezzling state funds to renovate his private homes still stand. He was given a three year sentence in 2015 over these charges and his lawyers have petitioned the prosecution to free him on the grounds that he has already served the sentence.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the Egyptian president, also pardoned on Monday 203 people serving sentences for breaching a controversial 2013 law restricting public protests.

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