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Egypt court rejects former president's appeal

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Saturday rejected the appeal of ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons regarding their conviction of and sentence for corruption. As the three have already served their sentence, however, it is not likely [Reuters report] that they will be imprisoned again. They will be required to pay a fine of 125 million Egyptian pounds ($15.96 million), and to return 21 million pounds to the state treasury to repay the public funds that they diverted for personal use during Mubarak's time as leader. The men were sentenced in May to three years in prison without the possibility of parole, though the three have already served at least three years in jail as a result of other charges.

Mubarak and other members of his administration have been the subject of controversial judicial proceedings since the Egyptian Revolution [JURIST backgrounder]. In October an Egyptian court ordered [JURIST report] the release of former president Hosni Mubarak's sons, Gamal and Alaa Mubarak, after holding that they had completed their three-year prison sentences for embezzlement. In January a court in Egypt overturned [JURIST report] the May 2014 convictions of embezzlement for former president Mubarak and ordered a retrial. In December 2013 an Egyptian court acquitted [JURIST report] former Egyptian prime minister and presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq and Alaa and Gamal Mubarak of charges of embezzling public funds.

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