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Mubarak gets jail for ‘graft’

CAIRO, May 21, (Agencies): 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, onetime heir apparent Gamal and wealthy businessman Alaa, were also convicted Wednesday of graft and sentenced to four years in prison each in the same case. In a separate trial, a court in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura on Wednesday convicted 155 people prosecutors say are members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, of violence- related charges, to 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 instead spent on upgrading the family’s private residences.

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