The Cassation Court upheld Tuesday the granting of a release to Hosni Mubarak’s sons in the case publicly known as the “presidential palaces case”, state media reported.
The court decided in favour of the currently released Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, sons of former president Mubarak, after rejecting an appeal by prosecution authorities against their release, state media reported on Tuesday.
The court refused the appeal on grounds that the two defendants completed a strict three-year prison term in the case.
The prosecution’s appeal argued that the defendants have not completed their term and still had eight months left, and that the court, which granted them the release, was mistaken to have counted their pre-trial detention among the time completed, because their detention was for a different case, known as the “killing protesters case”.
In October 2015, the Mubarak sons were granted a release after their lawyer Farid El-Deeb claimed they have completed, and even exceeded by six months, the three-year prison term.
In May 2015, the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Mubarak and his sons to three years imprisonment on charges of seizing public funds by embezzling money specified for the presidential palace.
They were also fined EGP 125m, the amount of money seized by the defendants by forging the presidential budget in official statements.