Egypt court overturns ousted ruler Mubarak's 3-year jail term for graft, he's likely to go free now

The former dictator had been convicted last year him of embezzling money earmarked for the maintenance of presidential palaces.

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.



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