An Egyptian court ordered the release of the sons of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, pending their retrial in a corruption case. Following the order, the duo Gamal and Alaa Mubarak, are expected to be released from jail as there are no more cases against them, Farid el-Deeb, the lawyer who is handling their case, said, according to Reuters.
The brothers were sentenced to four years in prison by an Egyptian court in May 2014, for allegedly helping their father embezzle funds. They were taken into custody in April 2011 and have been in jail since then. Egypt has undergone years of political turmoil since Mubarak, its longtime autocratic leader, was toppled by a popular uprising in 2011.
On Monday, Mubarak’s wife Suzanne told Al Ahram, an Egyptian newspaper, that she had never sought hereditary rule for her son Gamal.
“I never sought hereditary rule for my son Gamal because the life I have lived with my husband was not really fantastic so I never wished [a similar life] for my son,” Suzanne said, in an interview to Al Ahram, adding: “If we had planned for hereditary rule, we would have introduced our children to the military because we know Egypt cannot be ruled except by sons of the military institution.”