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Mubarak gets three-year jail term for corruption

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By Agencies

Posted  Thursday, May 22   2014 at  01:00

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The 86-year-old is also on trial for abuse of power and conspiring in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that forced him to resign.

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Cairo- A court in Egypt has sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison after finding him guilty of embezzling public funds.

His two sons, Alaa and Gamal, were also convicted and given four-year jail terms.

The three were also fined $3m (Shs7.5 billion) and ordered to repay the $17.6m (Shs44 billion) they were accused of stealing.
The 86-year-old is also on trial for abuse of power and conspiring in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that forced him to resign.

He was found guilty of the charge relating to the protesters in 2012 along with his former Interior Minister, Habib al-Adly, and sentenced to life in prison.

But in January 2013 the Court of Cassation upheld an appeal by the two men against their convictions and ordered a retrial.
In August, a court ordered Mubarak’s release from prison and transfer to a military hospital in Cairo, where he is being held under house arrest.

Mubarak’s former intelligence chief, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is poised to be elected president next week.

The verdict may please some Egyptians who lived through three decades of autocracy under Mubarak, but analysts say businessmen still loyal to him are still influential.
Rights groups say that abusive practices of the Mubarak regime are alive and well as another former military man prepares to take the reins of power.