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Angry crowds gather after Mubarak sentence

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Visible anger has been growing on the streets of Egypt’s major cities after the life sentence handed down to its former president Hosni Mubarak.

Increasing numbers of people have been swarming into the centre of Alexandria on the coast and Tahrir Square in the capital Cairo.

They are furious that the sentence was not harder, and that the judge’s ruling exposed weaknesses in the case that could let Mubarak off on appeal.

Riot police were deployed in Tahrir Square to deal with further anger that Mubarak’s two sons and other security officials on trial have not gone to jail.

The scenes underline the sensitivity in Egypt two weeks before the run-off vote in the country’s first free presidential election – a race between the Muslim Brotherhood and a candidate who used to be Mubarak’s prime minister.