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Court Gives Mubarak 3 Years for Embezzling

Still not clear if that will count time served
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 9, 2015 6:20 AM CDT
Court Gives Mubarak 3 Years for Embezzling
In this 2014 file photo, ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak attends a hearing.   (AP Photo/Tarek el Gabbas, File)

(Newser) – Supporters of ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak were poised to celebrate his freedom today after years of legal fights, but a court today instead sentenced him and his two sons to three years in prison on embezzling charges, reports AFP. Though supporters in the courtroom erupted in anger, they may yet have reason to cheer: The Mubaraks already have spent that amount of time in prison, and it was not immediately clear whether today's sentence will take into account time served. The elder Mubarak already had been cleared of the most serious charges against him, involving the deaths of protesters. (Read more Egypt stories.)

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