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May 10, 2015 1:20 pm

Mubarak and Sons Likely to Go Free Despite New Three-Year Sentence

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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Photo: 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.

However 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.

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  • Why did so many Egyptians hate Mubarak? I would guess that it’s because he and his wife fought against the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). Feminists and leftists never mention this topic. Discussing FGM might make Israel look less bad.
    What’s more important, protecting women or hating Israel? For those on the left, hating Israel always takes precedence.