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Hosni Mubarak jailed for three years for embezzlement

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May 21, 2014 | 6:07am EDT

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to three years in jail for embezzling state funds. At a court hearing in Cairo on Wednesday (21May14), the former leader was found guilty of redirecting millions of dollars meant for maintaining the presidential palaces. His two sons, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, were also convicted. They were given four-year prison terms. The trio has been fined $3 million (£1.8 million) and also ordered to repay the $17.6 million (£10.4 million) they embezzled. Mubarak, 86, was jailed for life in 2012 for failing to stop the killing of protesters during the uprising which overthrew him in 2011. Following an appeal, a retrial was ordered and in August, 2013, Mubarak was freed from custody pending the new hearing as he had served the maximum amount of pre-trial detention allowed. He has since been under house arrest at a military hospital in Cairo due to health reasons.

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