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Egyptian court rejects Mubarak, sons appeal of 3-year jail sentence

Trio is unlikely to go to jail again as they had already served their sentences

Egyptian court rejects Mubarak, sons appeal of 3-year jail sentence
Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. (Getty Images)

Egypt's court
of appeals on Saturday rejected an appeal by former president Hosni Mubarak and
his two sons over a three-year jail sentence for corruption, but the trio is
unlikely to be imprisoned again having already served the sentences.

In May, an
Egyptian court sentenced Mubarak and his sons to three years in jail without
parole in a retrial on charges of diverting public funds and using the money to
upgrade family properties.

The three will
have to pay a fine of 125 million Egyptian pounds ($15.96 million) and return
21 million pounds to the state treasury. A court source told Reuters that
Mubarak and his sons had paid 104 million during the trial period.

Mubarak, who
ruled Egypt for 30 years before he was ousted in a popular uprising in 2011,
and his sons Gamal and Alaa already spent at least three years each in prison
for other cases.

Mubarak's
treatment by the courts since being toppled from the presidency has been
perceived by his opponents as too lenient and raised doubts about Egypt's
transition towards democracy.

Charges against
him of conspiring to kill protesters during the uprising, centred around
Cairo's Tahrir Square, were dropped, and some of his associates were released
from jail.

Angry
supporters of Mubarak gathered at the court, however, chanting in support of
Mubarak after the verdict was read. They carried banners that say "Mubarak
is innocent."

"This
verdict is a betrayal to the history of Egypt," one supporter, Hassan El
Ghandour told Reuters.

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