A Cairo Appeals court ruled on Monday the release of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, with knowledge of his location, after his legal detention period expired.
Mubarak was detained pending investigations in allegations that he failed to prevent the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that toppled his regime.
Despite today's ruling, the former dictator will not be released, upon a general prosecutor's order that he remains in custody pending investigations in squandering public funds.
Mubarak's attorney Farid al-Deeb attributed his client's release-appeal to the criminal code which requires that no one shall be detained pending investigation in one case over the period of two years.
A court had ordered Mubarak's arrest on April 12 in the year of the uprising, but accepted that he appeals the decision last June and granted him a retrial at the beginning of this year.
Tens of Mubarak supporters gathered by the court on Monday to chant in support of the toppled president.