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Egyptian court dismisses criminal charges against former President Hosni Mubarak

For the first time since the 2011 Egyptian uprising that removed him from power, former President Hosni Mubarak could soon be released from military detention, The New York Times reports.

Chief judge Mahmoud Kamel al-Rashidi read an Egyptian court's verdict on Saturday dismissing charges against Mubarak of corruption and murder for directing police to kill hundreds of Egyptian demonstrators in 2011. Mubarak's sons, Alaa and Gamal, also saw charges of corruption against them dismissed.

While Mubarak, 86, was sentenced in May to three years in prison in a separate corruption case, he has already been held in a military hospital for several years, which may offset that sentencing.