Saturday, June 2, 2012

Mubarak Jailed For Life

Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life in prison after a court convicted him of complicity in the murder of protesters during the uprising that forced him from power.

Around 850 protesters were killed, most shot to death, in Cairo and other major cities across the country when thousands of demonstrators took to the streets to demand Mubarak's downfall during last year's revolution.

Scuffles broke out in the Cairo courtroom after the verdict was announced.

Judge Ahmed Rifaat described Mubarak's era as "30 years of darkness" which only ended when Egyptians rose up to demand change.

"They peacefully demanded democracy from rulers who held tight grip on power," he said.

Outside the building, supporters and opponents of the former leader - the only autocrat toppled in the Arab Spring to be put in the dock - waved Egyptian flags and chanted slogans demanding "retribution".

Thousands of riot police surrounded the building to prevent protesters and relatives of those slain during the uprising against Mubarak from getting too close. Read More