Mubarak Jailed For Protest Deaths - BBC News

An Egyptian court has sentenced ex-President Hosni Mubarak to life in prison for complicity in the killing of protesters during last year's uprising.
The 84-year-old is the first former leader to be tried in person since the start of the Arab Spring in early 2011.
Mr Mubarak was transferred to a prison and suffered a "health crisis" on the way, state TV reported.
Former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly also received a life sentence. Four senior security officials were cleared.
The acquittals sparked clashes. Mubarak and his two sons were acquitted on separate charges of corruption.
Shouting and scuffles erupted in court after the verdict was read out.

Angry shouts
Outside the building, Mubarak's sentencing was greeted by celebrations from relatives of those killed, according to the BBC's Yolande Knell.
Firecrackers were set off. Soha Saeed, the wife of one of the victims, shouted: "I'm so happy. I'm so happy."
But the joy soon turned into angry shouts as the crowd learned that the four senior aides to the former interior minister had been acquitted.
Protesters clashed with riot police. Many headed for Cairo's Tahrir Square, which was a leading focus in the protests that toppled Mr Mubarak.
Saturday's verdict also sparked angry demonstrations in Suez.
However in his preamble, Judge Ahmed Refaat insisted the 10-month trial had been a fair one.
He spoke of the Mubarak era as "30 years of darkness" and praised what he called "the sons of the nation who rose up peacefully for freedom and justice".
Announcing the verdicts, the judge then said Mubarak and Adly had failed to stop security forces using deadly force against unarmed demonstrators.
Mubarak, who ruled the country from 1981 to 2011, had faced a possible death sentence over the killing of about 850 protesters.

Prosecutors blamed
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood - the main opposition force under Mubarak's rule - said the defendants must be retried.
"The public prosecutor did not carry out its full duty in gathering adequate evidence to convict the accused for killing protesters," said Yasser Ali, a spokesman for brotherhood.
The prosecution experienced difficulties during the trial. Its first five witnesses recanted initial statements that police commanders had been ordered to use live ammunition against demonstrators.
Mubarak has been moved to the hospital of Tora prison, near Cairo, where a number of figures from the former government are serving jail sentences for corruption. Prosecutors had previously refused to send him to prison.
Since his trial began last August, Mubarak has been held in the International Medical Centre outside the capital, as his lawyer said he was in poor health.
His sons, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, are to remain in detention despite their acquittal. On Wednesday, prosecutors said they would go on trial with seven others on charges of stock market manipulation.
The verdict comes as political tensions are rising in Egypt between two rounds of voting in a presidential election.
Our correspondent says many of Egypt's revolutionaries are bitterly disappointed by the choice they now face - between a Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohammed Mursi, and Mubarak's last Prime Minister, Ahmed Shafiq.
The first leader toppled during the Arab Spring was Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia, who was found guilty in absentia of drugs and gun charges in July.
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed by rebels in October. Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh received immunity from prosecution after handing over power in November.
 

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protest is a formal notarial certificate attesting the fact that a check, note, or bill of exchange has been presented for acceptance or payment and that it has been refused. For more info see the link below.

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one day it would be turn of IBB, OBJ and moron Jonathan

Excellent one day it would be turn of IBB, OBJ and moron Jonathan to be jailed for life for same offence Mubarak was jailed for life; ordering the killing of protesters

Mubarak jailed for life

This is just the begining, i have said in earlier blogs, that our leaders will be next, we will take their case to the international court of human rights. they are globe trotters and cannot sit home to put their house in order, so we shall have ample opportunity to get them. The innocent souls that were lost during the fuel subsidy protest, now a poor student has been killed at unilag, GEJ has these deaths on his hands, and he will be held accountable for them. His time will come and very soon.

@Anonymous

bro, i think Charles taylor is d least of ur problems right now...concentrate on dumbo Joe ....he is d devil wrapped in a frock......

Nigerian Law meant for POOR people not for BIG people.

In Nigeria,people are above the law.Nigerian law sleeps when big people commit offence/ crime but wakes up when poor people coughs.May be one day,this type judgement will take place in Nigeria to shape things.Those looting public funds should watch it and be prepared to face the wrath of law.Ambassador Oboro,wake up to refund the looted money in the Embassy.

Nigerian Law meant for POOR people not for BIG people.

In Nigeria,people are above the law.Nigerian law sleeps when big people commit offence/ crime but wakes up when poor people coughs.May be one day,this type judgement will take place in Nigeria to shape things.Those looting public funds should watch it and be prepared to face the wrath of law.Ambassador Oboro,wake up to refund the looted money in the Embassy.

THE EXPRISIDENT IS ABOVE THE LAW IN NIGERIA

WHEN WILL THIS KIND OF JUSTICS TAKE PLACE IN MY COUNTRY NIGERIA ?????? FOR A POWERFULL EX PRESIDENT LIKE MUBARRAK TO BE TRIED AND SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT ; IF IT WERE TOBE MY COUNTRY NIGERIA NOBODY WILL CARE TO DO THEIR JOB PROPARLY TRIBALISM WILL COME IN UNDUE AND UN- NECESSARY INFLUENCE WILL COME IN DIRTY POLICTICS WILL COME IN RELEGION WILL COME IN AND ABOVE ALL DIRTY STOLLING MONEY WILL ALSO COME IN : THE JUDGES WILL BE BOUGHT OVER PRESECUTORS WILL TAKE BRIBES ALL THE TRADITIONAL RULERS WILL BE WORKING BEHIND THE SINE TO BRING DOWN THE CASE AT THE END , THE CASE WILL BE SWEPT UNDER THE CAPET THAT IS THE END :THE GENERAL PUPLIC WILL BE IN THE DARKNESS NO BODY WILL KNOW WHAT HAPPEN TO THE CASE THEY WILL COVER EVERYTHING FROM UP TO TOWN OKPARI IN ELECTION YEAR THE SAME CORRUPT AND SO CALLED DIRTY LEADER WILL BE PLAY THE ROLE OF A GOD FATHER FOR A GOVERNOR AND THE A LAW MAKER USEN THE SAME DIRTY STOLLING MONEY TO INFLUENCE THE PULICTICS AGAIN :

moomoo

i dnt knw wether charles taylor is also a moslem. A big fool

Lucky

WAIT UNTIL THE MOSLEMS COME INTO POWER. WITH THEIR PRIMITIVE LAWS THEY WOULD HAVE CUT OFF LIMBS AND NECKS. I always wonder why our own Mallams are so backward. MOST OF THEIR LEADERS WHO KILLED AND LOOTED WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL NOW IF THEY HAILED FROM OTHER MOSLEM COUNTRIES. THE LIKES OF BABANGIDA AND CO.

Trailblazer to other African countries!

This news and the news of Charles Taylor's 50 years jail term are trailblazer to other African countries whose leaders had committed similar atrocities. Would these African countries try their erring past leaders or commit them to the International Criminal Court for trial? And should these countries venture such, would their national courts perform the same feat the Egyptian national court had done? Or would Nigerian courts just do like what an Asaba High Court judge did to give James Ibori a clean bill of health, only for the United Kingdom courts to convict Ibori over the same charges? We wait and see when seriousness and transparency come back to Nigerian public life.

Leaders that kill their

Leaders that kill their citizens just because they rise against them end up losing not just legitimacy to rule over them but also the power and their lifes. ICC is ever ready to jail such leaders for genocidal charges. The next shall the Syrian president.

This should save as lesson to

This should save as lesson to the African leaders Nigerian in particular

Mubarak's sentence!

I wish Nigerians will rise up and bring all their past and present corrupt rulers to justice, corruption and injustice would have no hiding place in our society. Hoping and praying for that day when it will happen in Nigeria.

AFRICAN LEADERS WONT LEARN,TAYLOR AND MUBARACK IN A WEEK.

The disgraceful way selfish and wicked African leaders extinguish thier reigns,in a week,Charles Taylor and Hosni Mubarack have found themselves behind bars for the rest of thier lives.
I remember Julius Nyerere of Tanzania who owned only a four bedroom old bungalow he built as a civil-servant,he could drive and walk around after voluntary retirement and people came to say hello and thank him wherever he went,he was shown love and well recieved in his country,when he died the whole country wept.
There is also another retired leader who lives in a famed 50 bedroom hill top mansion who jets around and avoids his people,he also goes around with body guards out of fear of his own people.Different strokes for different folks indeed.

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