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Mubarak jailed for three years

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Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons have been sentenced to three years in jail without parole in the retrial of a corruption case.

They had already been sentenced to three years on the same charges, but an appeal court overturned the verdict and ordered a retrial.

The charges related to diverting public funds earmarked to renovate presidential palaces and using the money to upgrade family properties.

Mubarak’s two sons, Alaa and Gamal, were given four-year jail terms in the same case.

The three were present in the caged dock wearing suits and sunglasses.

Mubarak waved at his supporters in the benches before the judge read his verdict.

His lawyers may try to appeal the verdict.

It was not immediately clear whether the sentencing took into account time served.

The three had all been arrested in 2011, months after Mubarak was toppled in a popular 18-day uprising after three decades in power.

Mubarak and his sons were also fined 125 million pounds ($20.6 million) — the amount they were accused of embezzling.

Mubarak, who turned 87 this month, was cleared of charges in another trial over the deaths of protesters during the uprising in January and February 2011.

In the months following his ouster, Egypt’s interim military rulers rounded up top Mubarak-era leaders and police commanders and put them on trial, under pressure from protesters.

Most have since been acquitted, as widespread anger shifted to Mubarak’s now overthrown successor, Islamist Mohamed Morsi.

Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, was overthrown by the army in 2013 and his movement crushed in a crackdown that left hundreds dead.

He has been sentenced to 20 years in prison over deadly clashes outside his palace during his year in power.

Reuters/AFP