Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak (right) and his son Gamal look on from the defendants’ cage inside the courtroom during a sentencing session in Cairo yesterday.  Photograph: Ahmed Almasry/EPA

In the run-up to next week’s presidential election in Egypt, ousted president Hosni Mubarak was yesterday sentenced to three years’ imprisonment fo(...)

An Egyptian man holds pictures of former president Hosni Mubarak (top) and military chief Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (centre). Despite Mubarak’s ousting in 2011, Gen al-Sisi – a faloul – retains a prominent role in the country’s power structure as military chief and defence minister. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia//AFP/Getty Images

Sitting on the balcony of his family’s elegant flat watching pleasure boats strung with coloured lights and blaring loud music pass on the Nile, an(...)