Egypt frees two senior Muslim Brotherhood members

March 2, 2011 22:31

CAIRO - Two leading members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood were released on Wednesday after serving only part of their sentences, a security source told Reuters.

The two were the first members of the Islamist group to have been sentenced by a military court, but since the overthrow of longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, these courts in future will have jurisdiction only over the military and police.

"The two men, Khairat al-Shater and Hassan Malik, have just been released from Torah prison," the security source said.

A Brotherhood member who refused to give his name said the country's new interior minister had promised to release Shater and Malik before Friday.

Both had served four-and-a-half years of seven-year sentences.

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