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A leading Muslim Brotherhood figure believes expected release of Egypt's toppled President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday would usher in a peaceful "popular movement" in the coming period.
"It [Mubarak's release] is the starting point for a peaceful popular movement in the period ahead," Mokhtar al-Ashri, head of the legal committee of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, told the Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.
He insisted, however, that the ousted president's release would not mean a "defeat" for Egypt's January 2011 revolution.
"The revolution has learned a lot and will continue to face this new reality peacefully," al-Ashri added.
On Wednesday, an Egyptian court ordered Mubarak's release after accepting an appeal filed by his lawyers against charges that the former president had received millions of Egyptian pounds worth of "gifts" from flagship state daily Al-Ahram while in office.
It was the last case for which Mubarak had been remanded in custody.
The former president is expected to be released from prison on Thursday, according to Assistant Interior Minister for the Prison Sector Mustafa Baz.
The Brotherhood's al-Ashri believes that Mubarak's release would show that the "counter-revolution is consolidating its position."
"This is an attempt to breathe new life into the former regime in order to return Egypt to a state of dependency, tyranny and the police state," he said.
Mubarak was ousted in early 2011 after having ruled Egypt since the 1981 assassination of president Anwar Sadat.
On Monday, the former leader was acquitted of embezzlement charges in connection with his alleged use of public funds to renovate private villas.
Mubarak -- along with his two sons, former interior minister Habib al-Adly and six of the latter's aides -- also stands trial on charges of complicity in the killing of unarmed protesters during the 2011 revolution that ended his 30-year rule.
But the criminal court overseeing the trial said the ousted leader could be released, since he had already served the maximum time legally allowed -- two years -- for temporary detention.
A first trial, which ended with a life sentence for Mubarak, was overturned by an appeals court early this year on grounds that the trial had been marred by procedural errors.Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ağustos 2013, 00:27