Mubarak defense will not appeal house arrest: lawyer

The defense lawyer of former President Hosni Mubarak has said there is no plan to challenge a government decision to keep the ousted dictator under house arrest.

Mubarak was released from custody on Thursday in relation to the last in four cases he faces. He had earlier been acquitted in three other cases, having exceeded the full detention time as prescribed in Egyptian law.

He was taken from Tora prison by helicopter to a military hospital in Maadi.

In an interview with Al-Masry Al-Youm, defense lawyer Farid al-Deeb, said he did not plan to challenge the house arrest, saying that the measure is “aimed at the public interest."

The location where Mubarak is supposed to stay under house arrest remains unspecified, al-Deeb added.

Asked whether Mubarak could be declared innocent in outstanding trials, al-Deeb said: "Anything is possible. We do not know what judges are going to decide. I am doing my part in exposing fabrications. I am facing attempts to ruin Mubarak’s military and civilian history.”

Al-Deeb said Mubarak remains “resilient, strong, and believes in his innocence."

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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