May 22, 2014 By

Graft: Hosni Mubarak, Sons sentenced to prison


An Egyptian court on Wednesday convicted the ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his sons for embezzling public funds of billions of dollars sentencing him to three years and his sons, one-time heir Gamal and wealthy businessman Alaa, for four years each in prison.
They were ordered to pay a total of about $21 million in fines and reimbursements of 125 million Egyptian pounds ($17.6 million) to the state treasury. They have the right to appeal their conviction before a higher court. Four other defendants in the case were acquitted.

The Cairo court ruling came more than three years after the ouster of the Mubarak through a popular uprising. According to prosecutors, Mubarak and his family led a lavish and luxurious life at the expense of the people amidst Egypt’s extreme destitution, furnishing and renovating private residences with diverted public funds.

Mubarak was found guilty in June 2012 of failing to stop the killing of more than 900 protesters during the 18-day revolt against his rule and was sentenced to life imprisonment. His conviction was overturned in January 2013 and a retrial began in April the same year. He was ordered a release in August last year pending his graft trial but kept at a military hospital in Cairo. Mubarak is expected to serve his sentence in the hospital.

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