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.