Court in turmoil, others celebrate after Mubarak jailed

2012-06-02 09:13

Cairo – Deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life in prison 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.

Egyptians celebrated the verdict outside the court, but people inside the court who had wanted a death sentence scuffled with security guards.

“The people want the judiciary cleansed” (of Mubarak-era officials), people in the court chanted, television images showed.

One man held up a sign calling for Mubarak to be executed, others chanted for a death sentence.

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 Feb. 11, 2011, shouted: “I’m so happy. I’m so happy.”

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