Mubarak’s sons released from Egypt prison: prison officials

mubaraks-sons-released-from-egypt-prisonThe sons of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak were released from prison on Monday, prison officials said, a day after the violent anniversary 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.

Their release could further fuel tensions in Egypt. At least 25 people were killed on Sunday in anti-government demonstrations, officials said. Witnesses say security forces and police fired at protestors.

Mubarak is still in detention in a military hospital, but judicial sources said he could soon walk free as he currently has no convictions against him.

Many Egyptians view Mubarak’s rule as a period of crony capitalism which enriched an elite but neglected millions of poor.

Pro-democracy activists accuse President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of returning Egypt to the kind of authoritarian rule that characterised Mubarak’s three-decades in power, allegations the government denies.

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