Egyptian supporters of ousted president Hosni Mubarak turned out for the court ruling in Cairon. (Samer Abdullah/AFP/Getty Images)

Egypt’s top appeals court on Saturday rejected an appeal by former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons over a three-year prison sentence handed down after their conviction on corruption and embezzlement charges.

They were charged last May for diverting public funds intended for the maintenance of state owned presidential palaces, and for using the funds to renovate personal properties.

It was revealed that they had embezzled nearly $16 million to this end. They were sentenced to return the money and fined an additional 21 million Egyptian pounds.

It is unclear, however, how much actual time Mubarak will serve. Both his sons were released in October, having already served time in the case. They had been detained since April 2011.

Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for 30 years, has been held in a military hospital since 2011, after he was removed from office by an uprising against his authoritarian regime.

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