Saturday, June 2, 2012

Chaotic scenes as Mubarak jailed for life

Cairo (CNN) -- Deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak was transferred to a prison near Cairo on Saturday to serve his life sentence, a prosecutor said, a final fall from grace for a man who ruled the nation with an iron fist for nearly three decades.

"Mubarak arrived to Tura prison by helicopter, and will be admitted to a hospital in prison," said Adel Saeed, a spokesman for the prosecutor. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said Mubarak refused to leave the helicopter on arrival at the prison.

Mubarak received a life sentence Saturday for his role in the killing of demonstrators during last year's protests calling for his ouster. About 840 people died and more than 6,000 others were injured in the 18-day uprising, according to Amnesty International.

His sentence sparked angry protests as victims' relatives and opponents disrupted proceedings inside the court. Others stood on chairs, raising fists in the air and chanting that the sentence was not enough. Read More