Mubarak given life sentence for protest deaths

  • An Egyptian court has sentenced ex-president Hosni Mubarak to life in prison for his involvement 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.

    Former interior minister Habib al-Adly also received life over the deaths of protestors.

    Mubarak’s two sons, Gamal and Alaa, were acquitted on separate charges of corruption but are to remain in custody.

    Mubarak ruled the country from 1981 to 2011 and faced a possible death sentence over the killing of about 850 protesters.