Egypt court or­ders re­lease of Mubarak’s sons

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

A court in Egypt has or­dered the re­lease of the two sons of ousted for­mer Pres­i­dent Hosni Mubarak.

The Cairo Crim­i­nal Court found the time Alaa and Ga­mal Mubarak had spent in tem­po­rary de­ten­tion ex­ceeded the le­gal limit, state-owned Nile News TV said.

The two men, who were ar­rested af­ter the 2011 upris­ing, were sen­tenced along­side their fa­ther to three years in prison in May for em­bez­zle­ment.

They are ap­peal­ing, but also face trial on the charge of in­sider trad­ing.

Some of the anger that led to Hosni Mubarak’s over­throw was fu­elled by the wide­spread belief that he and his sons had il­le­gally amassed vast amounts of wealth.

Ga­mal, 51, was a lead­ing mem­ber of the for­mer rul­ing Na­tional Demo­cratic Party and was widely seen as his fa­ther’s heir ap­par­ent. Alaa, 54, was a leader among the busi­ness elite.

The broth­ers were ac­quit­ted of the cor­rup­tion charge, but last year they were sen­tenced to four years in prison - and their fa­ther to three years af­ter be­ing found guilty of em­bez­zling mil­lions of dol­lars of state funds.

Ga­mal (left) and Alaa (right) along­side their fa­ther in 2011

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