Former Egyptian president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak - photo from Reuters
Cairo Jan. 9, (Aswat Masriya) - The Cairo Court of Cassation rejected on Saturday the appeal made by former president Honsi Mubarak and his two sons against their three-year imprisonment in what is popularly known as the “presidential palaces” case.
This is the final ruling on the case, and no further appeals can be made.
The Court of Cassation decided to support the Cairo Criminal Court’s May 2015 ruling to imprison Mubarak and his sons, Alaa and Gamal, for three years and to fine them 125 million and 779,000 EGP (around $99,489). The three were also obliged to repay 21 million and 107,000 EGP (around $2,694,797).
The Prosecutor General had accused Mubarak and his sons of seizing and facilitating the seizure of funds worth EGP 125 million in the period between 2002 and 2011.
Last October, a Cairo court ordered the release of Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, stating that they have already completed their three-year prison sentence in the "presidential palaces" case.
As of now, 87-year-old Mubarak is also not imprisoned and resides in a military hospital in Maadi.
Held in custody since April 2011, Mubarak's two sons were released on January 26, after spending maximum time in preventative detention. Their trial for manipulating the stock market took place while they were outside prison.
In late 2010, a Facebook page called for protests on January 25, 2011 which sparked 18 days of protest in what later came to be known as the 2011 uprising. Jan. 25, 2016 will mark the fifth anniversary of the 2011 uprising, which toppled Mubarak after his 30-year rule.
Egypt's current president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi recently asked in a speech addressing the "group calling for a new revolution" in January, if they want to "ruin this country and destroy the people."