In a dramatic close to recent events surrounding the deposed President Hosni Mubarak’s trial, the former Egyptian president was sentenced on Saturday to life in prison for ordering the killing of demonstrators in the revolution that forced him from power last year.
However, six of his aides were cleared of all crimes, a decision which sparked fury in the streets of Cairo. Egyptians took to the streets, expressing anger at the verdicts and demanding that Hosni Mubarak be given the death penalty.
The judge also cleared Mubarak and his two sons, Gamal and Alaa Mubarak, of corruption charges. But the two younger Mubaraks now face two other sets of charges, as prosecutors have laid money laundering charges against them.
Adel Saeed, spokesman for the general prosecutor’s office, said last week the two sons would remain in prison for the insider trading case, in which they were accused of profiting 2 billion Egyptian pounds — about $331 million — through the practice on the Egyptian stock market.