As Egypt descends into chaos a new twist is added to the madness. The legal team of President Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted from power during the Arab Spring and is currently in jail, are expecting he will be cleared of corruption charges becoming a free man during the next 48 hours.
In January a retrial of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was ordered. The former President was tried over the deaths of protesters, found guilty and sentenced to life in jail. Mubarak, now 85, was jailed in June 2012.
In January 2013 the court accepted the legal teams of an appeal. Mubarak was acquitted of corruption charges in June, but he faces a re-trial on these charges also.
Mubarak clung on to power for almost thirty years and in doing so survived six assassination attempts. It took the force of 'people power' during the Arab Spring to finally remove him from power. Once supported by the West, in the end he had few allies.
No new evidence was due to be presented at the retrial. The court would simply go over the evidence presented previously. Mubarak's supporters were joyous when the announcement was made in January. Some cried "Long live justice!" whilst others outside the courtroom declared, "We love you, president!" If he is freed they will be ecstatic but what of the revolutionaries who wanted change in Egypt?
They are now called terrorists by the new force in Egypt, the military. That same armed force who supported Mubarak for years.
It is complicated in Egypt. The army, who staged a military coup, are rounding up supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, an organisation for change formed 80 years ago. They are labeling them all as terrorists. The elected leader of Egypt, President Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, remains under armed guard. Both sides spin the facts with propaganda.
One question remains. Will Egypt be a better place if former dictator Hosni Mubarak is freed?
Sky news reports:
According to his [Mubarak's] lawyer Fareed El Deeb, judicial authorities ordered that 85-year-old Mubarak should be released in one of the remaining corruption charges against him. He said that the only legal grounds for the former leader's detention would be another corruption case, which is expected to be concluded later this week.