Thursday, April 26, 2018

Egypt's Mubarak convicted of graft, gets 3 years

CAIRO — A Cairo court on Wednesday convicted ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak of embezzlement, sentencing 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, Gamal and Alaa, also were convicted Wednesday of graft and sentenced to four years in prison each.

In a separate trial, a court in the city of Mansoura on Wednesday convicted 155 people prosecutors say are members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood on violence-related charges. They received jail sentences of up to 25 years. Seventy-nine of the defendants are fugitives and were tried in absentia.

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

Hosni Mubarak "had a duty to restrain himself and his sons from stealing state funds … but instead, he gave himself and his sons license to embezzle public funds, helping themselves without oversight or consideration. Hence, they deserve to be punished," Judge Osama Shaheen said as he handed down the verdict in the hearing carried live by state TV.

Mubarak and his two sons showed no emotion as the verdict was read. The ousted president waved to supporters present at the courtroom before the verdict was announced.

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

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