Egypt court orders release of ex-oil minister

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FILE - In this Friday, July 13, 2012 file photo, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi holds a joint news conference with Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, unseen, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 annulled a presidential decree appointing the top prosecutor in a new challenge by the judiciary to Islamist President Mohammed Morsi that throws the country’s legal system into confusion. The dispute is rooted in a series of controversial decrees Morsi issued in November that sparked widespread protests. In them, he decreed that the prosecutor general could serve in office for only four years, with immediate effect on the post’s holder at the time Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud, in place since 2006.  (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

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CAIRO (AP) — A Cairo court has ordered a retrial of Egypt's former oil minister and says he should be released pending the proceedings.

Sameh Fahmy is the latest member of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak's former Cabinet to win a retrial after his 15-year sentence on corruption charges was annulled.

Fahmy was accused of with harming the country's interests by exporting natural gas to Israel for prices lower than those prevailing on world markets at the time.

The Criminal Court ordered the retrial on Monday and on Thursday ordered his release based on Fahmy's complaint that he had been held beyond the legal limit before his initial trial started. No date has been set.

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