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Mubarak Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

Ousted Former Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to three years in jail on corruption charges after a retrial in the capital, Cairo.

His sons were given four years each in the same case which centres on the embezzlement of $14m (£9.3m) earmarked for renovation of presidential palaces.

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

Hosni Mubarak and his sons – Alaa and Gamal – were also fined for the amount embezzled and used to renovate their private residences in Cairo and on the Red Sea coast, as well as a family farm.

The former leader, 87, and his sons were present in the courtroom at a police academy on the outskirts of Cairo.

Some of his supporters wore T-shirts with Mubarak’s face and waved and blew kisses as he entered, the Associated Press news agency says.

They shouted in anger as the judge issued the ruling – which can be appealed against.

It is not clear whether the time the veteran former leader has already served will count – or whether he will be sent to jail again.

Egypt’s highest court is also due to decide on 4 June whether to allow an appeal against a lower court’s ruling that dropped murder charges against Mubarak.

The ex-leader remains at Maadi Military Hospital, Cairo.

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