Egypt’s Mubarak faces new charges of embezzling state funds

A public prosecutor in Egypt has referred ousted longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak to a new trial on charges of embezzling state funds to build and renovate family homes.

Public prosecutor Ahmed el-Bahrawi also referred two of Mubarak's sons, two government officials and two contractors on Sunday to stand trial with the ex-leader.

No date for the trial has been set yet.

Egypt's state news agency said prosecutors accuse Mubarak and his sons of misappropriating $18-million between 2002 and 2011 to renovate and build homes and offices in seven different areas in Egypt. The four others are accused of helping embezzle the money.

Mubarak is already facing a retrial for his alleged role in the killing of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising against him. His sons also face trial on separate corruption charges. – Sapa-AP

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