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article imageHosni Mubarak found guilty by Egyptian court

By Tim Sandle     Jun 2, 2012 in Politics
Cairo - Following the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a court in Egypt has announced that he will be sentenced to life imprisonment.
The court decree following the trial of Hosni Mubarak, and the subsequent verdict of guilty, has been announced according to BBC News: life imprisonment. This follows a 10-month judicial process.
The sentence relates to the involvement of the former president in the killing of demonstrators during the 2011 anti-government protests (which triggered the 'Arab Spring').
Hosni Mubarak (Muhammad Hosni El Sayed Mubarak) was the fourth President of Egypt from 1981 to 2011. He was forced aside following the uprising in 2011. The massacre of protesters at Tahrir Square led to international condemnation. According to The Daily Telegraph this period saw "six terrifying days of bloodshed in January 2011 when his security forces shot, beat and tortured 846 protesters to death".
Mubarak was ousted after 18 days of demonstrations during the 2011 Egyptian revolution on February 11. Following this, governmental authority was transferred to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
Following the verdict, Hosni Mubarak was rushed to Tora prison hospital, according to The Jerusalem Post. This was due to an unspecified health issue, although the state-owned broadcaster Nile is speculating that Mubrarak has suffered a heart attack.
Ahram Online additionally reports that Habib El-Adly has also received a life sentence (the former Interior Minister of Egypt). However, charges were dropped against his two sons Gamal and Alaa.
Although Mubarak will never stride across the political stage again, Egypt faces a tense run-off with its election to replace him as president. The June 16 and 17 run-off is between Ahmed Shafiq, an ex-air force chief like Mubarak, who will face the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Mursi.
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