Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sentenced to life in prison
Former President Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life in prison for ordering a crackdown on those protesting his rule. Almost 900 people were killed when security forces attempted to put down the uprising.
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life in prison in connection with the killings of about 850 protesters during an 18-day uprising against his rule early last year.
The court found Mubarak guilty of abuse of office and that he had ordered the killings, which occurred during a crackdown on dissent that came in the early days of the uprising.
The 84-year-old former president, who is in ill health, had arrived at the court at the police academy on the outskirts of Cairo by helicopter. He was wheeled into the courtroom on a stretcher.
Mubarak was put on trial along with his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, as well as former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli and prominent businessman Hussein Salem. Six senior police officers were also on trial, including four of Adli's former deputies.
Security has been tight throughout the 10-month-long trial. On Saturday, hundreds of police officers in riot gear surrounded the police academy.
Mubarak is the first-ever former leader in the history of Egypt to be put on trial.
Courtesy: / (Reuters, AFP)
- Asian Tribune -