Officials: Mubarak's sons released from Egyptian prison

January 26, 2015 15:35
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CAIRO - The sons of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak were released from prison on Monday, security officials said, a move that could fuel tension after the violent anniversary on Sunday of the 2011 uprising that toppled the autocrat.

An Egyptian court last week ordered the release of Alaa and Gamal Mubarak pending their retrial in a corruption case.

Mubarak's sons, big businessmen in his era of crony capitalism, were released at 2 a.m., accompanied by their lawyer and bodyguards, and driven to their home in Cairo's upscale Heliopolis area, security officials said.

Security and medical officials said they had also visited Mubarak in the military hospital where he is still in detention. Judicial sources have said Mubarak could soon be freed pending retrial in a corruption case as the former air force commander currently has no convictions against him.

Elected President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the latest man from the military to rule Egypt, has restored a degree of stability but signs of discontent emerged in the run-up to Sunday's anniversary of the start of the uprising.

At least 25 people were killed in anti-government demonstrations. Witnesses say security forces and police fired at protesters. Some called for a new uprising.

In November, an Egyptian court dropped its case against Mubarak over the killing of protesters in the revolt of 2011 which raised hopes of greater freedom and accountability.

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