Hosni Mubarak Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

May 21, 2014  

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday, after being convicted for embezzling public funds.

Mubarak’s two sons, Alaa and Gamal, were also convicted and were each sentenced to four-year prison terms. 

All three are accused of using 125 million Egyptian pounds ($17.6 million), which had been allocated for presidential palaces by the ministry of housing, for personal purchases. The Mubaraks have been ordered to repay the entire embezzled sum and fined an additional 21 million Egyptian pounds ($3 million). 

The Mubaraks were accused of diverting the funds to their own private residences in Cairo and along the Red Sea coast, according to BBC News, as well as a family farm. All three have consistently denied involvement, saying claims were “completely unsubstantiated because it never happened”.

Judge Osama Shaheen slammed the Mubaraks for their corruption during the sentencing.

“He should have treated people close and far from him equally,” Shaheen told the court Tuesday. “Instead of abiding by the constitution and laws, he gave himself and his sons the freedom to take from public funds whatever they wanted to without oversight and without regard.”

Mubarak is already facing a retrial on charges of complicity in the deaths of protesters during the 2011 “Arab Spring” uprising that ended his more than three decades of rule. One of the defendant’s lawyers has already vowed to appeal. 

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