Egypt’s Court of Cassation has overturned a death sentence against the country’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi – whose trial is seen by many observers and human rights organizations as politically motivated. However, the same court upheld the release of Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, the two sons of former president Hosni Mubarak – who were accused in a corruption case related to their father.
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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.