Mubarak's sons freed from Egyptian prison

They have served the maximum pretrial detention pending a retrial

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The two sons of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak were released from prison early on Monday, prison officials told Reuters news agency, a day after the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled the autocrat.

An Egyptian court last week ordered the release of Alaa and Gamal Mubarak as they had served the maximum pretrial detention pending a retrial.

The decision sparked furious reactions from many in Egypt who viewed the Mubarak sons as symbols of corruption.

State media reported on Friday that they had been released.

But prison officials said on Sunday that the release of the two had been delayed at the last minute, to avoid further inflaming opponents of the new government.

Their charges included embezzling at least $16 million earmarked for the maintenance of presidential palaces.

[With AFP and Reuters]

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