By CCTV correspondent Adel El Mahrouky
BEIJING, Aug. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak is to make his bid for freedom on Wednesday, with his lawyers set to apply in court for his release from detention. Analysts fear that this could fuel tensions in the country.
He’s charged with ordering the killing of hundreds of protesters, and corruption. But, according to his lawyers, Hosni Mubarak could be home by the weekend.
Mubarak has been held in detention for more than two years. That’s more than the law allows before a trial. So on Wednesday, the court will respond to their application.
"There are many factors in favor of the former president, his age, his weak health condition, the likeliness of his innocence, so I think the court will release him," said analyst Mohamed El Shamaa.
Mubarak’s trial is due to resume on 25th August.
The prosecution has one more appeal should it fail to secure his conviction this time. But his potential release comes at a critical time. The forces that toppled him have been fighting among themselves. That’s led to the ousting of Mubarak’s successor, Mohamed Morsi, and clashes that have left hundreds dead.
"If Mubarak is released, some revolutionary powers will be angry, but not as much as it could have been in post January revolution, because their main battle now is with the Muslim brotherhood," said political analyst Ali Hassan.
But Morsi supporters, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, are likely to be far angrier.
Mubarak is one case away from going back home for the first time in over two years. For many Morsi supporters, it would be more evidence that his regime is returning.