Egyptians await release of Hosni Mubarak from jail
CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptians awaited Thursday the possible release of ex-president Hosni Mubarak after a court ordered he be freed pending his re-trial on charges of complicity in the deaths of protesters, and other crimes.
It was not clear if and when the 85-year-old Mubarak might leave jail, but the country's interim prime minister has already ordered that he then be placed under house arrest.
On Wednesday, a court ordered that Mr Mubarak be freed while he stands trial for corruption and in connection with the deaths of some of the 850 people killed in the popular uprising that ousted him in 2011.
The decision to free Mr Mubarak added a volatile new element to the political turmoil that has gripped Egypt since his successor, Islamist Mohamed Mursi, was ousted in a July 3 coup, with 1,000 people killed in violence in the past week.