FORMER EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT, HOSNI MUBARAK JAILED FOR LIFE
Former Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life imprisonment for complicity in the murder of civilian protesters during last year’s revolution that forced him from power.
84 years old Mubarak becomes the first Arab leader to be tried in his country by an ordinary court since the rise of the Arab revolution which swept away four entrenched rulers.
Also given a life term for the killings was Mubarak’s former interior minister Habib al-Adly, while six former police commanders were acquitted.
Delivering the Judgement, Judge Ahmed Rifat said Mubarak and el-Adly did not act to stop the killings during 18-day days of mass protests that were met by a deadly crackdown of security forces on unarmed demonstrators.
Rifaat described Mubarak’s era as “30 years of darkness” and “a darkened nightmare” that ended only when Egyptians rose up to demand change.
“The people of Egypt woke up on Tuesday, January 25, to a new dawn hoping that they would be able to breathe fresh air… after 30 years deep, deep, deep darkness”
“They peacefully demanded democracy from rulers who held tight grip on power,” the judge said.
Mubarak’s verdict came just days after presidential elections have been boiled down to a June 16-17 contest between Mubarak’s last prime minister, one-time protege Ahmed Shafiq, and Mubarak’s top foe, a Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi.
More than 850 protesters were killed, most shot to death, in Cairo and other major cities.
a verdict that caps a stunning fall from grace for a man who ruled the country as his personal fiefdom for nearly three decades.
Scuffles broke out soon after the verdicts were delivered, and chants of “Void, void” and “The people want the judiciary purged” could be heard.
Lawyers inside the courtroom were furious over the acquittals, and told AFP they feared that Mubarak and Adly would be found innocent on appeal.
Clashes erupted out outside the court following the sentencing, as police used stun grenades to control the crowds.