Lawyers: Mubarak free of house arrest after end of state of emergency

Nov. 13, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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CAIRO, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is free to move around the country now that a state of emergency has ended, his attorneys said Wednesday.

Mubarak, who was arrested in April 2011, had been on house arrest at a military hospital since a court ordered his release in August, Ahram Online reported.

His lawyers claim his house arrest ended when the state of emergency and a curfew ended Tuesday.

That claim has been disputed. Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said last week Mubarak would return to prison after the state of emergency was lifted because a law regarding pre-trial detention periods had been amended.

Legal experts contend authorities cannot extend Mubarak's detention.

Mubarak is being retried on charges of complicity in the deaths of protesters during a revolt that pushed him from office in January 2011. He also faces trial in three corruption cases.

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