Mubarak's sons released from Egyptian prison

Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, sons of ex-president, leave jail pending retrial in their corruption case, state media reports.

    The sons of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak have been freed from prison pending a retrial into their corruption case, state media has said.

    Alaa and Gamal Mubarak were freed early on Friday after a court ordered their release after they served the maximum pretrial detention, the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper said.

    The brothers were sentenced to four years in jail after their father, Hosni, was unseated in a popular uprising in 2011.

    Their charges included embezzling at least $16m earmarked for the maintenance of presidential palaces.

    The retrial of the former leader and his two sons was ordered this month and their lawyer Farid al-Deeb said at the time that the elder Mubarak, who is in a military hospital, would also be a free man.

    The release of the Mubaraks so close to the January 25 anniversary of the 2011 revolt risks antagonising government critics.

    Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for his involvement in the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the 18-day uprising.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.