CAIRO: A three-year sentence against former President Hosni Mubarak and his sons, Alaa and Gamal, on charges of embezzlement of public money in case known in media with “presidential palaces” was upheld Saturday.
The defendants were accused embezzling an estimated 125 million EGP ($17 million) of state funds that was allocated to renovate the presidential palaces.
The trio had been remanded since 2011, therefore under Egyptian law have already served the term of the sentence and cannot be made to serve further time, but chose to appeal the ruling in an effort to be exonerated.
In May 2014, Mubarak received a three-year jail sentence, while his two sons were sentenced to four years in prison on the same charges. The court also fined the three defendants 125 million EGP and ordered them to pay 21 million EGP to the state’s public fund.
The Mubaraks were released from jail after they were acquitted on other corruption cases in January.