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Egypt’s Mubarak, 2 Sons, Draw Prison Sentences in Retrial

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

charges.

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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

private properties.

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

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Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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