Thursday, May 22, 2014

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Sentenced To Three Years In Jail For Embezzlement

 Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak, centre, and his sons Gamal, left and Alaa, right, sit inside a defendant's cage during a hearing in Cairo, Egypt
A Cairo court on Wednesday convicted ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak of embezzlement and sentenced 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, one-time 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.
The three Mubaraks were convicted of charges that they embezzled millions of dollars’ worth of state funds in 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.

Hosni Mubarak “had an obligation 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.

Protecting state funds is not a “novelty” and should not have been an “unbearable burden” for the former president since he had taken an oath to respect the constitution and the law, said Shaheen.

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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