An Egyptian court Monday ordered the release of
former president Hosny Mubarak pending trial on graft charges.
The Cairo Criminal Court ordered Mubarak's sons Gamal and Alaa, who also face charges of embezzling funds for the upkeep of presidential palaces, to remain in pre-trial detention.
Legal sources told dpa that Mubarak could be released within 24 hours if prosecutors certify that he has paid an agreed settlement in a separate corruption case.
Mubarak was arrested on April 12, 2011, two months after a popular uprising forced him from office.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment last year for complicity in the killing of protesters during the uprising, but won a retrial in January.
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