Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak gets life imprisonment for murders committed during the country’s historic revolution in February 2011.
Mubarak had pleaded not guilty, was accused of complicity in murder and premeditated murder of 846 protesters, killed by the security forces in the uprising from January to February 2011 that led to his resignation. He and his two sons, Gamal and Alaa, were also tried for corruption and embezzlement of public funds but were acquitted by the court.
Hosni Mubarak was present in court, lying on a stretcher because of his health.
Former Interior Minister Habib el-Adli has also been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Reuters reporter said: immediately after Judge Ahmed Rifaat read the sentence, clashes errupted in the court room, with protesters chanting "False, False, False" and "The people demand the removal of the regime."
The convicts were immediately taken out of the court room.
The hearing was held under tight security. Hundreds of riot police and army tanks surrounded the building to prevent the clashes that occurred repeatedly in the past in front of the building between pro- and anti-Mubarak activists.
Al-arabiya new reported that Suzanne Mubarak, the wife of Hosni Mubarak fainted after hearing the verdict.
On his part, Mubarak's lawyer, Farid al Deeb, said he will appeal the verdict handed to his client.
An appeal will also be submitted by the Attorney General in protest against what he called a "diplomatic" decision by the court. The prosecution requested the death penalty for Mubarak.
The 84-year-old former president has already been rushed to the hospital of Cairo's Tora prison, where he will serve his sentence. Meanwhile, an Egyptian daily has reported that the former Egyptian leader refused to get out of the ambulance and enter the Tora prison hospital. He was in a "psychotic and hysterical situation" and was crying, the report said. "I served this country," he shouted, according to the newspaper. Security men tried to convince him over the need to get off because it is a court ruling and the decision of the Attorney General, and it will be implemented in any case. The controversy took more than 15 minutes, and then Mubarak got out of the ambulance and moved to his bed within the prison hospital.