The decision by the court in Nasr City yesterday came days after another court ordered Mubarak’s release pending his retrial in a separate case which alleges he was responsible for the deaths of nearly 900 protesters during the 2011 uprising against him. In that case, an appeals court threw out a life sentence passed in January, and ordered a new trial, set to resume on 11 May.
Egypt’s prosecutor general Talaat Abdullah plans to appeal the latest release order by a misdemeanours court, which can fine or imprison someone found guilty of a civil offence.
Mubarak (left) has been in detention since 2011 and is currently in Tora prison in Cairo. Judicial sources were quoted as saying that Judge Mahmud al-Rashidi will preside over the case at the North Cairo Criminal Court.