Egypt Ex President Hosni Mubarak gets life in prison, sons acquitted.flv
An Egyptian court on Saturday has sentenced former strongman Hosni Mubarak to a life in prison for his complicity in the killing of protesters, following a ten-month trial that was riven with loopholes and marred by controversy. Judge Ahmed Rifat observed that the prosecution could not muster any evidence to establish that Mr. Mubarak had directly ordered the killings of protesters, 850 of whom had died during the 18-day anti-Mubarak uprising last year. Nevertheless, the Judge held Mr. Mubarak responsible for the deaths because of his lack of intervention to stop the killings. Habib el-Adly, the interior minister of the day under Mr. Mubarak was also served a life sentence for the same reason. As the verdict was announced, there was a spontaneous eruption of joy among the several families of the dead who had assembled outside the court room. But the mood swiftly darkened as the news filtered out that Mr. Mubarak's two sons, Alaa and Gamal, had been acquitted of one major set of corruption charges. They would now stand trial on charges of manipulating the stock market that were levelled against them last week. Tempers flew when the Judge announced the acquittal of the six top police officers, who were in charge when the killings took place. Feeding into the fury was the perception that Mr. Mubarak maybe freed or awarded a lighter sentence by an appeals court. Mr. Mubarak's lawyers reinforced the view that their client was likely to be acquitted following an appeal. AFP <b>...</b>
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