Former Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak and his two sons have been sentenced to three years imprisonment by an Egyptian court following a retrial of a corruption case on Saturday, May 9, 2015.
The 87-year-old former leader was sentenced in 2014 for an alleged diversion of public funds which he used to upgrade family properties.
Mubarak had previously appealed the sentence which prompted the retrial.
According to International Business Times, his sons, Gamal and Alaa, were given four-year jail terms in the same case which the Egyptian media dubbed the “presidential palaces”.
It was learnt that Mubarak and his sons appeared in the caged dock in Cairo clad in suits and sunglasses.
Some of their aggrieved supporters shouted as the judge announced the verdict.
The trio were charged with embezzling $14m worth of state funds over a decade which was earmarked for the renovation and maintenance of Egypt’s presidential palaces.
It is currently unclear whether the deposed leader’s sentence will include the time he has already served since the 2011 Egyptian revolution.
Mubarak’s attorney said the decision by Judge Hassan Hassanin, could be appealed.
The country’s highest court will on June 4, 2015 decide whether to allow an appeal of the murder charges against Mubarak brought by the ruling of a lower court.
Mubarak ruled Egypt for almost 30 years before being ousted from power when mass protests rose against his regime in February 2011 as part of the burgeoning Arab Spring.