Egypt's Mubarak convicted of graft, gets 3 years

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

Egypt's Mubarak convicted of graft, gets 3 years
FILE-- In this Saturday, April 26, 2014 file photo, ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak attends a hearing in his retrial over charges of failing to stop killings of protesters during the 2011 uprising that led to his downfall, in the Police Academy-turned-court in the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. On Wednesday, May 21, 2014 an Egyptian court has convicted ousted President Hosni Mubarak of embezzlement and sentenced him to three years in prison. Mubarak's two sons, one-time heir apparent Gamal and wealthy businessman Alaa, were also convicted of graft and sentenced to four years in prison each. (AP Photo/Tarek el Gabbas, File)
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 86, greets medics, army personnel and his supporters, as he leaves a helicopter ambulance after it landed at Maadi Military Hospital following his verdict in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. An Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed criminal charges against former president Hosni Mubarak in connection with the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
CROPPED VERSION Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak (C) waves as he is transported from a military helicopter to the ambulance outside Maadi military hospital in Cairo on November 29, 2014 after a court dismissed a murder charge against the ousted leader over the deaths of protesters during a 2011 uprising that ended the former strongman's decades-long rule. The court also acquitted Mubarak of a corruption charge, but he will remain in prison because he is serving a three-year sentence in a separate corruption case. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Supporters of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak wave by his poster as he was taken by a helicopter ambulance from Maadi Military Hospital to a court in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. The verdict is expected Saturday on charges connected to the killing of more than 900 protesters during the year's uprising against his rule. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 86, greets medics, army personnel and his supporters, as he leaves a helicopter ambulance after it landed at Maadi Military Hospital following his verdict in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. An Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed criminal charges against former president Hosni Mubarak in connection with the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Supporters of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak wave by his posters outside a court building where Mubarak was acquitted in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. An Egyptian court has dismissed criminal charges against Mubarak in connection with the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Supporters of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak greet him as his helicopter ambulance landed at Maadi Military Hospital, following his verdict in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. An Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed criminal charges against former president Hosni Mubarak in connection with the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
In this Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 photo, Amel Shaker holds a portrait of her 25-year-old son Ahmed, who was fatally shot in the back on the “Friday of Rage,” one of the bloodiest days of Egypt's 2011 uprising against longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, in Cairo, Egypt. A verdict is expected on Saturday in Mubarak’s trial on charges connected to the killings of more than 900 protesters against his rule. But what was originally billed as Egypt’s “trial of the century” has largely faded from public attention after a drawn-out trial and re-trial and after upheaval that has flipped the political narrative. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Police monior the street during an anti-military demonstration, marking the third anniversary of the 2011 protests against the military which ignited deadly clashes with security forces, in Cairo on November 19, 2014. At least 43 people were killed and more than 3,000 wounded in clashes between the protesters and security forces that began on November 19, 2011, just nine months after Mubarak's ouster. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 29: The ambulance carrying the former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak goes to the court in Cairo for his trial on November 29, 2014. (Photo by Mohamed Hossam/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
In this image made from video broadcast on Sada el-Balad via Egypt's State Television, ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sits in the defendant cage during his trial at a court in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 29. Egypt court dismissed criminal charges against Mubarak in the killing of more than 900 protesters during the 2011 uprising against his rule. (AP Photo/Sada el-Balad via Egypt's State Television)
A supporter of Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak (portrait) stands outside the police academy in Cairo during his trial on November 29, 2014. A court dismissed a murder charge against the ousted leader over the deaths of protesters during a 2011 uprising that ended the former strongman's decades-long rule. The court also acquitted Mubarak of a corruption charge, but he will remain in prison because he is serving a three-year sentence in a separate corruption case. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 86, raises his hand to protect himself from the sun as he leaves a helicopter ambulance after it landed at Maadi Military Hospital, following his retrial in a court in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Egypt's deposed President Mubarak on Wednesday denied that he ordered protesters killed during an uprising in 2011, in his first lengthy speech to a court as his year-old retrial draws to an end. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Supporters of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hold his posters as they greet him upon his arrival at Maadi Military Hospital, following his retrial in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Egypt's deposed President Mubarak on Wednesday denied that he ordered protesters killed during an uprising in 2011, in his first lengthy speech to a court as his year-old retrial draws to an end. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
A supporter of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak holds his poster as she waits for his arrival at Maadi Military Hospital, following in his retrial in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Egypt's deposed President Mubarak on Wednesday denied that he ordered protesters killed during an uprising in 2011, in his first lengthy speech to a court as his year-old retrial draws to an end. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Egyptian medics and army personnel escort former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 86, who raises his hand on a stretcher, from a helicopter ambulance after it landed at Maadi Military Hospital, following his retrial in a court in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Egypt's deposed President Mubarak on Wednesday denied that he ordered protesters killed during an uprising in 2011, in his first lengthy speech to a court as his year-old retrial draws to an end. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Supporters of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak gather outside the Maadi Military Hospital, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, May 4, 2014. Dozens of Mubarak supporters gathered outside the hospital to celebrate his 86th birthday. Mubarak, is under house arrest in the hospital and facing retrial for charges of complicity in the killings of protesters during the 2011 Egyptian uprising. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Supporters of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, wave posters of him outside Maadi Military Hospital, Cairo, Egypt, Friday, April 25, 2014, as they celebrate Sinai liberation day, marking the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Sinai as stipulated in the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Accords. Mubarak, is under house arrest in the hospital and facing retrial for charges of complicity in the killings of protesters during the 2011 Egyptian uprising. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
A supporter of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, holds a poster of him, outside Maadi Military Hospital, Cairo, Egypt, Friday, April 25, 2014, to celebrate Sinai liberation day, marking the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Sinai as stipulated in the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Accords. Mubarak, is under house arrest in the hospital and facing retrial for charges of complicity in the killings of protesters during the 2011 Egyptian uprising. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, waves to his supporters from his room at the Maadi Military Hospital, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, May 4, 2014. Dozens of Mubarak supporters gathered outside the hospital to celebrate his 86th birthday. Mubarak, is under house arrest in the hospital and facing retrial for charges of complicity in the killings of protesters during the 2011 Egyptian uprising. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
FILE -- In this Thursday, March 27, 2014 file photo, Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak, center, and his sons Gamal, left and Alaa, right, sit inside a defendant's cage during a hearing in Cairo, Egypt. On Wednesday, May 21, 2014 an Egyptian court has convicted ousted President Hosni Mubarak of embezzlement and sentenced him to three years in prison. Mubarak's two sons, one-time heir apparent Gamal and wealthy businessman Alaa, were also convicted of graft and sentenced to four years in prison each. (AP Photo)
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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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