Egypt's Hosni Mubarak faces three years of prison for embezzlement

By Angelica Stephens,

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is now facing three years of prison after he reportedly used over $17 million in public funding for himself.

The money was used to renovate his properties in Cairo and the Red Sea coast, along with his family farm. His sons, Alaa and Gamal, were also convicted and face four years of prison.

The family was originally charged for misusing the funds meant to maintain presidential palaces in February. However, the case was dropped because the family stated at the trial that the incident did not happen.

On Wednesday, the case was re-tried and Judge Osama Shaheen convicted the Mubaraks.

"Instead of abiding by the constitution and laws, he gave himself and his sons the freedom to take from public funds whatever they wanted to without oversight and without regard," Shaheen said, according to BBC News.

This isn’t the first case Mubarak has had overturned and re-tried. Mubarak was charged with a lifelong prison term two years ago after he was convicted for killing protestors in 2011, Voice of America noted.

The Mubaraks have been held in prison for the past 23 months. Mubarak has had some health challenges recently that may send him to the prison hospital. There is no word at this time if the 23 months already served will count towards the new charges.



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