1. today in egypt

    Mubarak to Return to Prison

    Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak sits inside a dock at the police academy on the outskirts of Cairo, in this file picture taken April 15, 2013. Mubarak, who was overthrown in an uprising in 2011, will be released from jail in the next 48 hours after a prosecutor cleared him in a corruption case, his lawyer Fareed El-Deeb told Reuters on August 19, 2013.


    It's a big news day for ousted Egyptian leaders. On Thursday, Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi announced that former President Hosni Mubarak will return to prison after lawmakers changed a law restricting detention to two years. Mubarak has been under house arrest at a military hospital for two years, and will be retried on charges of killing 900 protestors during the 2011 uprising, and also faces corruption charges. Also on Thursday, ousted President Mohammed Morsi was allowed a visit by his family for the first time since power was seized in a military coup four months ago. "He is more steadfast and bold," his wife said after leaving the maximum-security prison.

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