An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the release of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's two sons, while they were waiting an appeal for a corruption case that involves the theft of state funds, judicial sources said.
The Cairo Criminal Court said that the two sons, Alaa and Gamal, spent the requisite time in prison and exceeded the legal limit in temporary detention while they were waiting the appeal process.
"For these reasons, the court has decided to accept the complaints regarding the topic of releasing Gamal Mohamed al Sayed Hosni Mubarak and Alaa Mohamed al Sayed Hosni Mubarak. Case adjourned," head Judge Salah Mahgoub, said.
The two men still face two separate charges, including insider trading and illicit gains. The judicial sources said that they would not be held in custody while they await their trial.
The corruption case involved charges that Mubarak and his two sons embezzled millions of dollars from state funds in attempt to use for renovating presidential palaces and upgrading family properties.
The funds that were stolen made up more than 16 Million US Dollars of financial allocations for the presidential palaces.
However, the Court of Cassation overturned the convictions and released the two men in January saying that legal procedures had not been abided properly. Alaa and Gamal were taken back into custody after a court found them guilty during their retrial in May.
Alaa and Gamal were sentenced to four years in prison for embezzlement charges during the retrial in May, along with their father, who was sentenced to three years in the same case. They were also ordered to repay $2.7million that they allegedly embezzled along with a fine of about $16 million.
Gamal, 51, a former investment banker and a leading member of the Mubarak’s former ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), which has dissolved. He was seen as his father’s heir apparent. Alaa, 54, a former leading figure among the business elite.
Hosni Mubarak now resides in Cairo military hospital, where he has been receiving medical treatment since 2011.
Mubarak was toppled during the Arab Spring uprisings which swept the Middle East in 2011 and raised hopes of democracy.
But a court decision to drop charges against Mubarak of conspiring to kill protesters during the uprising in Cairo's Tahrir Square and the release from jail of some of his associates, has cast doubt over Egypt's political transformation.
The charges were dropped in November 2014