An Egyptian court sentenced former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to three years in jail without parole on Saturday in the retrial of a corruption case.
Mubarak, who ruled Egypt with an iron fist for 30 years, and his sons Gamal and Alaa may not have to serve any jail time for those corruption charges because they already spent that amount of time in prison in other cases.
The former air force commander was toppled from the presidency during the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region in 2011 and raised hopes of democracy.
A previous court decision to drop charges against him of conspiring to kill protesters in the uprising, centred in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, and the release of some of his associates from jail have cast doubt over Egypt’s political transformation.
Last May, Mubarak was sentenced to three years in prison on charges of diverting public funds earmarked to renovate presidential palaces and using the money to upgrade family properties. His two sons were given four-year jail terms in the same case.
In January, Egypt’s high court overturned the convictions, and the case went back to court for retrial.
“The ruling of the court is three years in prison without parole for Mohamed Hosni Mubarak and Gamal Mohamed Hosni Mubarak and Alaa Mohamed Hosni Mubarak,” Judge Hassan Hassanein announced on Saturday.
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