Kim Hjelmgaard and Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY
Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president who was ousted from power in February 2011, could soon be released from detention after being cleared of corruption charges, according to his lawyer and judicial officials.
"All we have left is a simple administrative procedure that should take no more than 48 hours. He should be freed by the end of the week," Mubarak's lawyer Fareed El-Deeb told Reuters.
Judicial officials, speaking to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media, said there were no longer any grounds to hold the 85-year-old former autocrat because of the expiration of a two-year legal limit for holding an individual in custody pending a final verdict.
Mubarak, 85, was cleared of corruption charges related to alleged embezzled funds for the presidential palace, but he is still to face a retrial over conspiracy to kill protesters during the violence that rampaged through Egypt in 2011.
Separately, The New York Times, citing state media, reported via Twitter that judicial authorities and security officials in the nation have ordered Mubarak's release.
The moves comes as clashes between Egypt's anti-military protesters and security forces, killing hundreds, have raged since Wednesday. At least 25 policemen were killed Monday when assailants ambushed two minibuses carrying security personnel in Egypt's north Sinai Peninsula.
On July 3, Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who was elected to replace Mubarak, was himself ousted from Egypt's presidency.