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Mubarak Sentenced to Life Sons Acquitted

Published: 02/06/2012 12:18:05 PM GMT
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CAIRO - Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison on Saturday, June 2, after a court convicted him on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year's uprising that forced him fro (more)

CAIRO - Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison on Saturday, June 2, after a court convicted him on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year's uprising that forced him from power.

"The people want the judiciary cleansed" (of Mubarak-era officials), people in the court chanted, television images showed, Reuters reported.

One man held up a sign calling for Mubarak to be executed, others chanted for a death sentence.

The verdicts and sentences

Hosni Mubarak: Guilty of conspiring in killing of protesters - life imprisonment; not guilty of corruption

Alaa and Gamal Mubarak: Not guilty of corruption

Former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly: Guilty of conspiring in killing of protesters - life imprisonment

Six aides of al-Adly: Not guilty of charges of complicity, instigation and providing assistance in the murder and attempted murder of protestersHussein Salem, business tycoon: Not guilty of corruption

Former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly also received a life sentence over the deaths of demonstrators.

Mubarak and his two sons - Gamal and Alaa - were acquitted on separate charges of corruption.

Hussein Salem, business tycoon who fled to Spain, was found not guilty of corruption.

The sentence also included acquitting six other senior police officers, including four of Adli's former deputies.

They are Hassan Abd El Rahman, Deputy Interior Minister and Head of State Security; Adli Fayed, Deputy Interior Minister and Head of General Security; Ahmed Ramzy, Head of Central Security Forces; and Ismail al-Shaer, former director of security for Cairo.

The other two are Interior Ministry officials Osama al-Marassy and Omar Faramawy, both directors of security for the Greater Cairo provinces.

Judge Ahmed Refaat insisted the 10-month trial had been a fair one, and said Egyptian people had suffered 30 years of darkness under Mubarak's rule.

Before the hearing began, Egyptian state television showed Mubarak arriving at the court on the outskirts of Cairo in a helicopter from the military-run hospital where he has been held in custody.

He was transferred to a white ambulance on a stretcher, wearing sunglasses. He had his arms behind his head. A sheet covered the lower half of his body.Piles of bound court papers were stacked next to the judges' bench, the television footage showed. Hundreds of police surrounded the court set up at the Police Academy on Cairo's outskirts.

Anger

Shouting and scuffles erupted in court after the verdict was read out.

There were also angry scenes as protesters called for the death penalty for former Egyptian president as hundreds of police with riot shields and batons surrounded the police academy where the 10-month trial has been held.

Road to Mubarak's Trial (Timeline)

Hosni Mubarak (Profile)

“I want nothing less than the death penalty for Mubarak,” said Hanafi el-Sayed, whose 27-year-old son was killed in the uprising.

“Anything less and we will not be silent and the revolution will break out again.”

Protesters threw rocks at riot police standing guard outside the building and the security forces gave chase, witnesses said.

Outside there were celebrations, with many chanting “God is greatest.”

Soha Saeed, the wife of one of those killed in the uprising that toppled Mubarak on Feb. 11, 2011, shouted: “I'm so happy. I'm so happy.”

Mubarak is the first Arab leader to be tried by his own people in the country."Mubarak's trial has the potential to set a meaningful regional precedent for accountability for human rights abuses and for upholding international fair trial standards," Human Rights Watch wrote in a report before the session.

The verdicts and sentences

Hosni Mubarak: Guilty of conspiring in killing of protesters - life imprisonment; not guilty of corruption

Alaa and Gamal Mubarak: Not guilty of corruption

Former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly: Guilty of conspiring in killing of protesters - life imprisonment

Four aides of al-Adly: Not guilty of charges of complicity, instigation and providing assistance in the murder and attempted murder of protesters

Hussein Salem, business tycoon: Not guilty of corruption

Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net




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