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Egypt Court Orders Release of Ex-President Hosni Mubarak

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, center, listens to proceedings from inside the defendant cage while flanked by his sons Alaa, left and Gamal, right, in a courtroom in Cairo, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP)

CAIRO (AP) — Officials say an Egyptian court has ordered the release of ex-President Hosni Mubarak, but it's not immediately clear whether the prosecutors will appeal the order.

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, center, listens to proceedings from inside the defendant cage while flanked by his sons Alaa, left and Gamal, right, in a courtroom in Cairo, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP)

The Wednesday decision comes in a hearing on charges against Mubarak of accepting gifts from a state-owned newspaper, the last case that has kept the ailing leader in detention.

It raises the possibility that Mubarak will walk free, a move that is likely to fuel the unrest roiling the country after the autocratic leader's successor was removed in a military coup last month. The officials spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

Mubarak, 85, has been held since April 2011. He's now on trial for the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising against him and other charges.

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