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Egypt releases Alaa and Gamal Mubarak pending investigations

An Egyptian court decided Friday to release the two sons of ousted president Hosni Mubarak pending further investigations on graft charges, the state-owned MENA reported.

The Cairo Criminal Court, led by judge Ahmed Abdel-Aziz, decided to release Alaa and Gamal Mubarak with EGP 1 million bail each, pending investigations carried out by the Illicit Gains Authority.

The court decision came after the two defendants appealed the decision of the IGA to continue to hold them in provisional detention pending investigations. The two Mubaraks are accused of using their father’s influence to acquire a massive fortune that is not proportionate with their pay, in what constitutes illicit gain.