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Egypt's Mubarak convicted of graft, gets 3 years

By Hamza Hendawi
May. 21, 2014 5:53 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) - A Cairo court on Wednesday convicted ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak of embezzlement and sentenced him to three years in prison.

The graft case against the 86-year-old Mubarak, who is kept in custody at a military hospital, is one of two against the former president who was ousted in a popular uprising in 2011 after nearly three decades in power. He is being retried over the killings of hundreds of protesters during the uprising.

Mubarak's two sons, one-time heir apparent Gamal and wealthy businessman Alaa, were also convicted Wednesday of graft and sentenced to four years in prison each in the same case.

The three Mubaraks were convicted of charges that they embezzled millions of dollars' worth of state funds in over a decade toward the end of Hosni Mubarak's rule. The funds were meant for renovating and maintaining presidential palaces but were instead spent on upgrading the family's private residences.

Hosni Mubarak "had an obligation to restrain himself and his sons from stealing state funds ... but instead, he gave himself and his sons license to embezzle them," Judge Osama Shaheen said as he handed down the verdict.

The three Mubaraks were also fined 21.1 million Egyptian pounds ($2.9 million) and ordered to reimburse 125 million Egyptian pounds ($17.6 million) to the state treasury. They have the right to appeal their conviction before a higher court.

The Mubaraks had returned around 120 million Egyptian pounds to the state in connection with this case, but the proceedings against them continued. Four other defendants in the case were acquitted.

Mubarak, who turned 86 this month, attended Wednesday's hearing in a suit and tie. His two sons wore white prison uniforms.

They have all been held in custody since 2011 but only time in custody in connection with this case - abount a year since the embezzlement charges were raised - will be deducted from the sentences.

Under Egyptian law, maximum sentences for embezzlement vary depending on the nature of the crime, but 15 years' imprisonment is not uncommon.

Mubarak was found guilty in June 2012 of failing to stop the killing of more than 900 protesters during the 18-day revolt against his rule and sentenced to life imprisonment.

His conviction was overturned in January 2013. That was appealed by prosecutors, and a retrial began in April 2013. He was ordered released in August last year pending his graft trial, but was kept at a military hospital in a suburb south of Cairo. Given his poor health, Mubarak is likely to serve his sentence in the hospital.

Mubarak's sons are also being retried on separate graft charges.

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greatbirdusa May 21 2014 at 12:12 PM

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dsh1007155 May 21 2014 at 10:11 AM

How about convicting the people responsible for invading 2 countries that were ZERO threat to our country? Thousands of innocent lives and trillions of our tax dollars.

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Joe Baricev May 21 2014 at 9:08 AM

and this is the same guy Obama supported!

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LA is Best May 21 2014 at 11:09 AM

Mubarak would make an excellent choice for oBOMBa's cabinet!

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hark4109 May 21 2014 at 9:56 AM

Obama's good friend frrom Egypt, Does this tell you something? Birds of a feather flock together. These three need to be hung for what they have done. I think stealing the dough was not all they are guilty of.

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toddpugz hark4109 May 22 2014 at 1:18 AM

More like,"Dogs in a pack watch each others' back."

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twhodog1 May 21 2014 at 9:55 AM

yes when will we go after bush for the hundreds that he caused the death of

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brwnysbrb May 21 2014 at 9:42 AM

Obama needs to be ousted for his tyrant behavior. Not telling how much money he has and is embezzling. He needs to be ousted right out of our country.

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Seabird57 brwnysbrb May 21 2014 at 12:48 PM

Maybe Egypt would take him. Not sure if Miclelle could live in a dust bowl with pyrmides crashing down around her. Bad for the nails.

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alspoolhall brwnysbrb May 21 2014 at 3:08 PM

Are you Tweedledee or TweedledDUMBer . . . never mind, no need to answer as I already know. Your comments are not based in fact and we like facts, not opinions based on hatred.

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dwtomczyk May 21 2014 at 11:16 AM

i'll neve forget when the honor guard in a parade marched past egypts then pres. did an about face and fired killing the pres. & others. now they go to jail.

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neatair dwtomczyk May 21 2014 at 2:14 PM

when did this happen, what year?

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estela92 May 21 2014 at 10:49 AM

small price to pay.................those in power and with money always have the edge............

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gmgpjandon May 21 2014 at 10:36 AM

Oh my! Mankind does get greedy. Probably ruined his rep. But at that age, who cares?

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