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Reports: Egypt's ex-president Mubarak may soon be released

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Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president who was ousted from power in February 2011, could soon be released from detention after being cleared of corruption charges, his lawyer said Monday, according to a Reuters report.

Separately, The New York Times, citing state media, reported via Twitter that judicial authorities and security officials in the nation have ordered Mubarak's release.

"All we have left is a simple administrative procedure that should take no more than 48 hours. He should be freed by the end of the week," Mubarak's lawyer Fareed El-Deeb told Reuters.

Mubarak, 85, was cleared of corruption charges related to alleged embezzled funds for the presidential palace, but he is still to face a retrial over conspiracy to kill protesters during the violence that rampaged through Egypt in 2011.

But the Associated Press reported that he can't be held anymore due to a two-year limit pending a final verdict.

The moves comes as clashes between Egypt's anti-military protesters and security forces, killing hundreds, have raged since Wednesday. At least 25 policemen were killed Monday when assailants ambushed two minibuses carrying security personnel in Egypt's north Sinai Peninsula.

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On July 3, Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who was elected to replace Mubarak, was himself ousted from Egypt's presidency.

Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY

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