Life in prison. Mubarak in court
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Acquitted. Alaa Mubrak
Acquitted. Gamal Mubarak
Found guilty. Interior Minister Habib el-Adli
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Judge Ahmed Rifaat
Protesters outside courtroom
Mubarak sentenced to life in prison
Ousted Egyptian president found guilty for complicity in killings of protesters during 2011 uprising; interior minister also received life sentence. Sons acquitted of all charges along with six other defendants

Hosni Mubarak, who governed Egypt for 30 years before a popular uprising toppled him last year, was sentenced to life in prison on Saturday for complicity in the killing of protesters during the January 2011 uprising. Mubarak was acquitted on all graft charges.


Former Interior Minister Habib el-Adli was also sentenced to life imprisonment. Mubarak's two sons, Gamal and Alaa, along with the six other defendants, were acquitted of all charges. 


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Egyptian media outlets reported that Mubarak suffered "a health crisis" upon arrival at prison. "Mubarak was afflicted by a health crisis upon his arrival at Tora Prison and is being treated in the helicopter," the report said, quoting a medical source, referring to the helicopter that transferred him to the jail.


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Egyptian website al Misrawi quoted a security official as saying that Mubarak, 84, refused to get off the helicopter, and that he broke into tears upon arrival at Tora Prison.


Meanwhile, Al-Arabiya TV network reported that Mubarak refused to leave the ambulance that transported him to the prison hospital. According to the report, Mubarak was heard saying "Allah will settle his account with them…I served this country."


Al Arabiya also reported that Suzanne Mubarak, the wife of Hosni Mubarak, fainted after hearing the verdict.


The report also noted that Mubarak's lawyer, Farid al Deeb, said he will appeal the verdict

handed to his client.


'What are they going to try me for?'

Immediately after Judge Ahmed Rifaat read the sentence, clashes errupted in the court room, the crowds chanting "False, False, False" and "The people demand the removal of the regime."


Outside the courtroom, Mubarak supporters clashed with security forces, hurling rocks and chanting slogans.


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.


Protesters gathered outside holding up images of those killed in the uprising and calling for Mubarak's execution. "Dear God, take Mubarak and those with him!" they chanted.


Mubarak arrives at court


Sources at the medical center where Mubarak is being held reported that the former Egyptian president said several hours before his verdict hearing: "What are they going to try me for? I ruled as president for 30 years. They are trying me for a villa in Sharem al Sheikh which I paid for."


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Mubarak wheeled into courtroom (Photo: Reuters)


'Living comfortably'

On Friday, news reports and a source said that Mubarak is living in a comfortable hospital where he is free to see relatives, walk in the garden and exercise.


Egyptian newspaper Al-Watan quoted a source who works at the hospital as saying that Mubarak was exercising and swimming as doctors and family attend to his needs at Cairo's International Medical Center (IMC).


Mubarak occupies a large suite with adjacent rooms for visitors, a swimming pool and a gym outfitted with the latest exercise equipment, Al-Watan said in its report published on Tuesday. It said Mubarak had been visited by Arab leaders of Gulf countries of Kuwait, Oman and the UAE.


The account confirmed reports in other domestic newspapers in the past months that have shown Mubarak, who is formally under arrest, as far more healthy than he appears in the court room, where he lies on his back on a stretcher.


"Mubarak is in excellent health. The former president will likely remain with us even after the verdict comes out," the hospital source, who has seen the former leader, told Reuters.


The source said Mubarak was free to walk around the garden or swim in a pool, and had a team of doctors including a physiotherapist. Mubarak also received visitors from the Arab world and the ruling military council.


"This is the best place for him. There is a plane and an airstrip at the hospital to allow for safe movement," the source added.





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