Egyptian court orders release of Mubarak’s sons from prison

The two sons of the former Egyptian leader, Hosni Mubarak, were ordered on Monday to be released from prison after the Cairo Criminal Court ruled they had completed their three-year sentences on corruption convictions.

Messrs. Alaa and Gamal Mubarak were convicted of embezzling state funds allocated for the renovation of Egypt’s presidential palaces.

Their father, who ruled Egypt for 30 years, was convicted in the same case, in which the trio was charged with spending more than 100 million Egyptian pounds (12.8 million dollars) of state money on their private residences.

Hosny Mubarak was ousted from power in February 2011 after 18 days of nationwide protests demanding his removal.

Two months later, his sons were detained.

They were released in January this year after the initial verdict was overturned, but were jailed again after the conviction was reinstated on retrial in May.

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Their father was ordered released as he had already spent three years in pre-trial detention.

Hosni Mubarak still faces a final trial on charges of responsibility for the killings of demonstrators during the 2011 uprising.

(dpa/NAN)

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