An Egyptian court has sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak and his
two sons to three years in prison each on corruption charges, in a
retrial that could brand Mubarak as a convicted criminal four years
after being driven from office.
Mubarak, an autocrat who ruled Egypt for 30 years, and sons Gamal and
Alaa have already spent at least three years in prison on other
It was not clear Saturday whether the 87-year-old former president,
ousted in a 2011 uprising, wouldspend spend further time in jail.
The case was a retrial accusing the Mubaraks of embezzling millions of
dollars earmarked for the renovation of presidential palaces.
Prosecutorssaid the money was instead usedto upgrade Mubarak's
A court earlier dropped murder charges against Mubarak linked to an
alleged 2011 conspiracy to kill protesters in Cairo's Tahir Square at
the height of Arab Spring protests that rocked North Africa and parts
of the Middle East.
Prosecutors have appealed that acquittal, and an appeals court
isexpected to rule within weeks.
Credit: VOA News