Cairo: An Egyptian court on Saturday rejected an appeal by ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons against their three-year prison sentences on charges of embezzling public funds.

The former president and his two sons Gamal and Alaa Mubarak were appealing their convictions in the case known in the local media as the “presidential palaces case”, which saw them charged with embezzling 125 million Egyptian pounds (about $15 million) of public funds originally allocated for the upkeep of presidential buildings, Al Ahram daily reported.

In a verdict in May 2014 the trio were fined 125 million Egyptian pounds and required to pay an additional 21 million Egyptian pounds to the state.

At the time, Mubarak received a three-year prison sentence in the case, and his sons four-year sentences each, but it was reduced to three-years after appeal.

The three-year jail sentences have already been served during the trio’s time in pre-trial detention, and given this Gamal and Alaa walked free in May 2015. Their father returned to Maadi Military Hospital where he currently stays.

According to Egyptian law, pre-trial detention is counted as time served towards any possible sentence. This is the final appeal in the presidential palaces case.

In November 2014, a court threw out a case in which the deposed autocrat was accused of complicity in murdering protesters during the January 2011 protests that led to his downfall.

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