Mubarak and Sons Sentenced by Egyptian Court

On Saturday, a court in Egypt sentenced Hosni Mubarak the former president of Egypt and his two sons to a term of three years without parole, in a corruption case retrial.

Mubarak, who was the ruler of Egypt of 30 years using an iron fist, and his two sons Alaa and Gamal, might not have to serve jail time for the corruption sentence since they have already spent that time behind bars for other cases.

The former commander in the air force was toppled from the Egyptian Presidency in 2011 during the uprising known as Arab Spring, which raised hopes the country would have a democracy.

The court decision previously that dropped the charges against Mubarak of conspiracy to kill the protestors during the uprising and released some jailed associates cast doubt over the political transformation in Egypt.

In May of 2014, Mubarak handed a sentence of three years on charges he diverted public funds for presidential palace renovations to upgrade his private family estates. His sons were given sentences of four years in that same case.

However, in January the high court in Egypt overturned those convictions and sent the case back to be retried.

That is the ruling that was announced on Saturday. Egypt has been recovering slowly from its upheaval that followed the ouster of Mubarak.

Current President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi was elected, but is from the military and some are skeptical about the elections that were held last year. Egypt is the world’s most populous Arab country and removed Mohammad Morsi the head of the Muslim Brotherhood from the presidency in July of 2013 after huge protests were held over his tumultuous year in office.

The Brotherhood then was cracked down upon by Egyptian security forces and later started to jail liberal activists opposed to what was called by human rights organizations repression.

Many Egyptians did not even pay attention to the security crackdown for the sake of creating stability following the attack from militant groups and street protests that gutted the country’s tourism industry, which was a big pillar for the economy.

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