AN Egyptian court on Tuesday overturned a three-year prison sentence against ousted president Hosni Mubarak on corruption charges and ordered a retrial.
A lower court had handed down the jail term in May last year after convicting him of embezzling more than 100,000 Egyptian Pounds (about $14 million) earmarked for the maintenance of presidential palaces.
It had also handed down four-year jail sentences against the toppled leader’s sons, Alaa and Gamal.
Mubarak, who ruled Egypt as a dictator for 30 years, was ousted in February 2011 in the massive Arab Spring protests.
The Court of Cassation did not specify whether Mubarak was a free man following its judgement. But his lawyer Farid al-Deeb told AFP that his client ought to go free as he “has already served” three years in prison..