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Protests erupt following Hosni Mubarak verdicts

  • Thousands of people have poured into Cairo's Tahrir Square to protest against the verdicts on former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his co-defendants.

    Mubarak, 84, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Saturday for his role in the killings of protestors.

    Ex-interior minister Habib al-Adli was also sentenced to life.

    However, the acquittal of Mubarak and his two sons on separate charges of corruption has sparked outrage.

    His sons, Alaa and Gamal, will remain in custody ahead of a trial on charges of stock market manipulation.

    Protestors have also gathered in the cities of Alexandria, Suez and Mansoura but the biggest demonstrations have taken place in central Tahrir Square, the focus of last year’s uprising that ultimately ousted Mubarak after 30 years in power.

    Opponents of the former regime fear the sentences could be appealed against and overturned.

    The Muslim Brotherhood, one of the two contenders in this month’s run-off presidential election, has set out to gain political mileage from the situation.

    Mohammed Mursi, the candidate representing Egypt’s biggest Islamist group, will face Mubarak’s last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, at the polls on June 16 and 17.