Former US ally Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for failing to stop the killing of protesters during last year’s uprising.
Barack called the former US ally Hosni Mubarak after pushing him from office in Egypt last year. Mubarak wouldn’t answer the phone. Today, Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison.
Anti-Mubarak protesters cheered when the verdict was announced.
The Muslim Brotherhood dominated government in Egypt sentenced former US ally Hosni Mubarak to life in prison.
The AP reported:
Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison Saturday for failing to stop the killing of protesters during the uprising that forced him from power last year. The ousted president and his sons were acquitted, however, of corruption charges in a mixed verdict that swiftly provoked a new wave of anger on Egypt’s streets.
Calls have gone out for a massive protest at Tahrir Square, the heart of the uprising, at 5 p.m.
After the sentencing, the 84-year old Mubarak suffered a “health crisis” while on a helicopter flight to a Cairo prison hospital, according to security officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. One state media report said it was a heart attack, but that could not immediately be confirmed.
The officials said Mubarak cried in protest and resisted leaving the helicopter that took him to a prison hospital for the first time since he was detained in April 2011. Mubarak stayed at a regular hospital in his favorite Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh from his arrest until his trial began in on Aug. 3. The officials said he insisted on the helicopter that he be flown to the military hospital on the eastern outskirts of Cairo where he has stayed during the trial.
Mubarak finally left the chopper and moved to the Torah prison hospital more than two hours after his helicopter landed there.
Earlier, Mubarak sat stone-faced and frowning in the courtroom’s metal defendants’ cage while judge Ahmed Rifaat read out the conviction and sentence against him, showing no emotion with his eyes concealed by dark sunglasses. His sons Gamal and Alaa looked nervous but also did not react to either the conviction of their father or their own acquittals.
Egypt elected a Muslim Brotherhood dominated parliament following the revolution last year.