Egypt court sentences Mubarak to 3 years for corruption

Egypt court sentences Mubarak to 3 years for corruption

CAIRO - An Egyptian court sentenced ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to three years in prison on Saturday after a retrial for embezzlement.

Mubarak and his sons Alaa and Gamal were present in the caged dock, wearing suits and sunglasses. Mubarak's lawyers may try to appeal the verdict.

They had already been sentenced to three years on the same charges but an appeal court overturned the original verdict.

It was not immediately clear whether the sentencing took into account time served. The three had all been arrested in 2011, months after Mubarak was toppled in a popular 18-day uprising after three decades in power.

Mubarak waved at his supporters in the benches before the judge read his verdict.

He and his sons were also fined 125 million pounds (S$256.5 million) - the amount they were accused of embezzling from funds meant for the maintenance of presidential palaces.

Mubarak, who turned 87 this month, was cleared of charges in another trial over the deaths of protesters during the uprising in January and February 2011.

In the months following his ouster, Egypt's interim military rulers rounded up top Mubarak-era leaders and police commanders and put them on trial, under pressure from protesters.

Most have since been acquitted, as widespread anger shifted to Mubarak's now overthrown successor, the Islamist Mohamed Morsi.

Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, was overthrown by the army in 2013 and his movement crushed in a crackdown that left hundreds dead.

He has been sentenced to 20 years in prison over deadly clashes outside his palace during his year in power.

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