An Egyptian court will on Wednesday, review a petition for the release of deposed President Hosni Mubarak filed by his lawyer, judicial sources said.
The court will convene at the Cairo prison where Mubarak is being held, the sources said.
If the court upholds the petition, Mubarak will be released as there remains no further legal grounds for his detention, though he is being retried on charges of ordering the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising, judicial sources say.
Fareed el-Deeb, the lawyer who filed the petition, said on
Monday he expected his client to be freed this week after a
court ordered his release in one of the remaining corruption
cases against him.
Mubarak, 85, was sentenced to life in prison last year for
failing to stop the killing of protesters during the uprising
against him in 2011.
But the appeals court accepted his appeal
in January and ordered a retrial.
He is now being retried on those charges, but has served
the maximum amount of pre-trial detention permitted in the case.
The last remaining corruption case relates to allegations
that Mubarak received gifts from a state-run publisher.
However, his family has paid back the value of the alleged gifts, strengthening Deeb's confidence that he will be released.
(Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Alistair Lyon and Janet