Ousted President Mubarak sentenced to life in prison

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life in prison
Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life in prison Photo: ERTU Egyptian Television

Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life in prison after a court convicted him on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year's uprising.

Mubarak is the first Arab leader to be tried by his own people in the country.

The sentence was handed down today in a Cairo court as the former president lay on a stretcher, wearing sunglasses, behind a cage in the courtroom.

A man kisses a picture of a man who died during Egypt's revolutions after a court sentenced Mubarak to life in prison
A man kisses a picture of a man who died during Egypt's revolutions after a court sentenced Mubarak to life in prison Credit: Reuters

Although Mr Mubarak was found guilty of conspiring in the killing of protesters, he was cleared of corruption charges.

His two sons have also been cleared of corruption charges. Gamal and Alaa stood alongside their father in the cage reserved for defendants as they heard their verdicts.

But former Interior Minister Habib al-Aldy was also found guilty of conspiring in killing of protesters and will face life imprisonment.

The full verdicts and sentences are:

  • Hosni Mubarak: Guilty of conspiring in the killing of protesters - life imprisonment. Found not guilty of corruption charges
  • Alaa and Gamal Mubarak: Not guilty of corruption
  • Former Interior Minister Habib al-Aldy: Guilty of conspiring in killing of protesters - life imprisonment
  • Four aides of al-Aldy: Not guilty of charges of complicity, instigation and providing assistance in the murder and attempted murder of protesters

Following the announcement of the ex-president's son's verdict, scuffles broke in the court room. At least one man was injured and was seen bleeding heavily from the neck as crowds reacted to the sentence.

Hundreds stood outside, waving Egyptian flags and chanting slogans demanding "retribution." Some spread Mubarak's picture on the asphalt and walked over it.

Some violent scenes were also witnessed as high-level security officials clashed with police outside the building where the verdicts were read according to witnesses and protesters threw rocks at riot police and the security forces gave chase.

There were also tears and anger from relatives of people who died during Egypt's revolution, some who believe the ex-president should have received the death penalty.

Hanafi el-Sayed, whose 27-year-old son was killed in the first days of the uprising that had travelled from Alexandria for the trial. He said:

I want nothing less than the death penalty for Mubarak. Anything less and we will not be silent and the revolution will break out again

Emotional relatives of people who died during Egypt's revolution
Emotional relatives of people who died during Egypt's revolution Credit: REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Egypt's general prosecutor ordered Hosni Mubarak, who has been held during his trial at a military hospital, to be transferred to Tora prison on the outskirts of Cairo. Arabic satellite television channels reported that the helicopter that took him from court had landed at Tora.

Protesters have long demanded that Mubarak be moved from the prison where other defendants have been held during the trial.

In the past, officials said Tora prison hospital was being prepared to treat Mubarak, who has always appeared in court on a hospital gurney suffering undefined ailments.

ITV News' Paul Brand reports that at 84-years-old, Mubarak's life sentence is unlikely to be a long one.

The verdict comes as political tensions are high ahead of a heated runoff for president that pits Mubarak's last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq against the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate Mohammed Morsi.