Mubarak, Sons Given 3-4 Years in Prison for Corruption

Mubarak, Sons Given 3-4 Years in Prison for CorruptionMubarak, Sons Given 3-4 Years in Prison for Corruption

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to three years in jail on Saturday on corruption charges after a retrial in the capital, Cairo.

His sons were given four years each in the same case which centers on the embezzlement of $14m earmarked for renovation of presidential palaces. The original conviction was overturned on 13 January over legal procedures, BBC reported.

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 June 4 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.

This was the last court case hanging over Mubarak, who was toppled in the 2011 uprising.

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 a caged dock, wearing suits and sunglasses. Mubarak's lawyers may try to appeal the verdict.

Some of his supporters wore T-shirts with Mubarak's face and waved as he entered. They shouted in anger as the judge issued the ruling - which can be appealed against.