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In PHOTOS: Hosni Mubarak gets life term, Egypt celebrates

Last updated on: June 2, 2012 15:38 IST

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Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was on Saturday sentenced to life in prison after a court in Cairo found him guilty of complicity in the killing of protesters during a popular uprising against his 30-year rule last year.

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Image: An Egyptian woman holds a picture of former president Hosni Mubarak outside the police academy where he was sentenced to life imprisonment on Saturday
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The 84-year-old ailing former dictator, who was wheeled into the courtroom, got life imprisonment along with his former interior minister Habib al-Adly.

Six former police commanders were acquitted by the court, which also dropped corruption charges against Mubarak's two sons Alaa and Gamal.


Image: An Egyptian celebrates after a court sentenced deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to life in prison at Tahrir Square in Cairo
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Over 800 protesters had been killed during the 18-day revolt following which Mubarak was ousted on February 11, 2011.

Handing down the sentence to Mubarak and al-Adly, Judge Ahmed Refaat said that the 10-month trial had been a fair one. He said Egyptian people had suffered 30 years of darkness under Mubarak's rule.


Image: Egyptians react after the court sentence
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The interior ministry had taken special measures to secure the premises of the court, where the trial had taken place.The wall around the police academy in New Cairo, a satellite city around the capital, had been raised to four metres in addition to another metre of barbed wire.

The court had also refused to issue any new permits to cover the trial and kept the coverage exclusive for state-owned TV.


Image: Relatives of people who died during Egypt's revolutions hug each other after the sentencing
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After the verdict was announced, scuffles between rival groups erupted in the court.

Punches were thrown as victims' family members protested the verdict inside the court. Others stood on chairs, raising fists in the air and chanting the sentence was not enough, CNN reported.


Image: An Egyptian man celebrates after the verdict on Mubarak
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An ailing Mubarak, who spent much of his time during the trial on a mobile bed, and the judge were removed from the courtroom amid the melee.

Outside there were celebrations, with many chanting "God is greatest." Soha Saeed, the wife of one of those killed in the uprising that toppled Mubarak on February 11, 2011, shouted: "I'm so happy. I'm so happy."



Image: Egyptians celebrate outside the police academy where Mubarak was on trial
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