Egypt’s Mubarak sentenced to 3 years in prison

Egypt court sentences former president Hosni Mubarak to 3 years in prison along with his sons in retrial of ‘Presidential Palaces’ case

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Egypt’s Cairo Criminal Court has sentenced former president Hosni Mubarak to 3 years of imprisonment for 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.

Despite the sentences, Mubarak - who had ruled Egypt for 30 years - and his sons Gamal and Alaa may not actually have to serve any further jail time as they already spent that amount of time in prison on other charges.

The funds that were stolen made up more than 16 Million US Dollars of financial allocations for the presidential palaces.

Mubarak faced a retrial over the allegations in the light of the Court of Cassation last January to repeal the abolition of the cases.

Mubarak’s chief defense attorney, Farid Al-Deeb, had said that witnesses in the “Presidential Palaces” case testified “under pressure” on April 29.

“It is not imaginable that Mubarak did not know he was spending from state funds on private villas, he dipped his hands into the pockets of Egyptians and wasted their money,” said the prosecutor general.

"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," announced judge Hassan Hassanein.

Mubarak was toppled during the Arab Spring uprisings which swept the Middle East in 2011 and raised hopes of democracy.

But a court decision to drop charges against Mubarak of conspiring to kill protesters in the uprising in Cairo's Tahrir Square, and the release from jail of some of his associates, has cast doubt over Egypt's political transformation. 

TRTWorld and agencies