Mubarak and sons likely to go free despite new three-year sentence

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( An Egyptian court sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak and his sons Gamal and Alaa to three years in jail in a retrial of corruption charges, though they are not likely to actually remain in jail to serve the sentence.

"The ruling of the court is three years in prison without parole for Mohamed Hosni Mubarak and Gamal Mohamed Hosni Mubarak and Alaa Mohamed Hosni Mubarak," Judge Hassan Hassanein said on Saturday, Reuters reported.

The new ruling by the Cairo Court of Appeals on Saturday upheld a May 2014 ruling on charges against the three of using public funds to upgrade family properties. But those convictions against Mubarak and his sons were overturned, leading to Saturday's retrial ruling.

But since Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for three decades prior to his ousting in 2011, and his sons have already been imprisoned for more than three years each on other charges, their newly added jail sentence will be considered already served, according to the court. This means Mubarak and his sons will likely soon be freed.

Posted on May 10, 2015 .