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Mubarak Leaves Prison Awaiting Retrial
August 22, 2013

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Former President Hosni Mubarak has left prison but perhaps not for good.

The 85-year-old ex-president, granted a reprieve from a prison stay, went into house arrest, awaiting another hearing in a court-ordered retrial on charges of corruption and of playing a role in the killing of unarmed protesters in the wake of the pivotal events that forced him from power in early 2011.

Meanwhile, the streets of Cairo continued to seethe with protests from the suddenly-again opposition Muslim Brotherhood still demanding the release of Mohamed Morsi, the elected president, and of Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhood's spiritual leader who was arrested earlier in the week.

Dozens of other members of the Brotherhood have been arrested in recent days, as part of a government crackdown on dissent that reached violent proportions recently, resulting in nearly 1,000 deaths.

Interim President Adly Mansour is attempting to guide the country and its interim government through a process to craft a new constitution and elect a new government. That process is nearly identical to one guided by Morsi in 2012.

The military, very much in evidence on the streets and in the interim government (military chief Abdul-Fattah el-Sis is also interim deputy prime minister), has brought back a law that gives security forces the right to detain protesters without guaranteeing them a trial.

The reaction in other countries has been gaining in intensity. The United States has already suspended some forms of aid to Egypt, including delaying the delivery of a number of fighter jets.

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