Egypt to release Mubarak's wife pending trial

Egypt's Justice Ministry on Tuesday ordered the wife of former president Hosni Mubarak released from custody without bail, a court official said.

Suzanne Mubarak, 70, has turned over her property and money to the state; they were valued at some 24 million Egyptian pounds ($4 million). The move aimed to settle corruption allegations against her, but she still faces trial.

She was hospitalized over the weekend after she fainted and complained of chest pains during interrogations. She had been expected to be transferred to a women's prison after medical treatment.

A court official said prosecutors first indicated that they would request bail, but the Justice Ministry later said no bail would be sought. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters.

Anti-corruption prosecutors have claimed that Mubarak's wife had millions in bank accounts in Egypt and owned a villa where she and her husband lived. It is not clear how much money the Mubaraks may have abroad.

The former president has been held in custody since last month on charges that include misuse of power and ordering attacks against protesters in the 18-day uprising that drove him from power in February.

A Tuesday report, published by daily El-Shorouk, said that Mubarak plans to release an audio appeal for amnesty in return for turning over all his holdings. The report cites unidentified Egyptian and Arab officials, but it could not be independently verified.