Egypt’s Mubarak Sentenced to Life in Prison
Deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison on Saturday for ordering the killing of protesters during the uprising that swept him from power last year.
Presiding judge Ahmed Refaat also sentenced his former interior minister, Habib el-Adli, to life in prison on the same charge.
Mubarak was wheeled into court on a hospital gurney to hear the verdict in his trial on charges of graft and complicity in the killings of protesters during the uprising that ended his 30-year rule.
State media reported that other defendants including his two sons, who are on trial with Mubarak, arrived at the court earlier.
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.
“Day of the verdict for the pharaoh,” wrote the Al-Watan newspaper in a front-page headline, a reference to Mubarak who was often called a modern version of Egypt’s ancient rulers.