Hosni Mubarak received a life sentence from a court in Cairo today after being charged in connection with the killing of protesters during last year’s uprising. The uprising pushed Mubarak to resign last year after nearly 30 years of power.
NPR’s Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson tells our Newscast unit that a life sentence is usually 25 years in Egypt. He could have faced the death penalty.
Nelson reports Mubarak’s sons, Gamal and Alaa, were acquitted of corruption charges because the time limit had expired. She describes how the family members looked in the courtroom:
Mubarka looked emotionless, wearing a beige windbreaker sunglasses on his hospital gurney, his sons … in prison whites, stood in front of him to protect him from the cameras.
The Associated Press reports thousands of riot police surrounded the building to prevent protesters from getting too close:
Scuffles between Mubarak supporters and opponents broke out inside and outside the courtroom after the verdict was read, reflecting the deep polarization of the country since Mubarak was overthrown on Feb. 11, 2011.