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Egypt: Mubarak given life sentence


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Egypt: Mubarak given life sentence

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been jailed for life for his role in the killing of hundreds of protesters during last year’s uprising.
 
The 84-year-old is the first deposed leader to go before a regular court in person, since a wave of unrest shook the Arab world last year.
 
Mubarak and his two sons were cleared of separate corruption charges.
  
After the verdicts were read out, there were scuffles in the courtroom. Some wanted the former president to be sentenced to death – not sent to jail.
  
More than 800 protesters were killed during last year’s uprising. A former Interior Minister also received a life sentence over the deaths.
 
Mubarak, who plans to launch an appeal, is said to have now been transferred from a military hospital to a prison.

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