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Clashes broke out in the courtroom soon after the sentencing/FILE

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Mubarak sentenced to life in prison

Clashes broke out in the courtroom soon after the sentencing/FILE

CAIRO, Jun 2 – An Egyptian court sentenced former president Hosni Mubarak to life in prison on Saturday after convicting him of involvement in the murder of protesters during the uprising that ousted him last year.

Also given a life term for the killings was Mubarak’s former interior minister Habib al-Adly, while six former police commanders were acquitted.

Corruption charges against Mubarak’s sons, Alaa and Gamal, were dropped due to the expiry of a statute of limitations.

Mubarak was acquitted in one of the corruption cases.

Scuffles broke out soon after the verdicts were delivered, and chants of “Void, void” and “The people want the judiciary purged” could be heard.

Lawyers inside the courtroom were furious over the acquittals, and told AFP they feared that Mubarak and Adly would be found innocent on appeal.

The former strongman, wearing dark classes and a beige tracksuit, showed no emotion as Judge Ahmed Refaat read out the sentence.

His two sons, Alaa and Gamal, looking tired with dark circles under their eyes, appeared close to tears on hearing the verdict.

Clashes erupted out outside the court following the sentencing, as police used stun grenades to control the crowds.

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Mubarak, the only autocrat toppled in the Arab Spring to be put in the dock, former interior minister Habib al-Adly and six others were on trial over their involvement in the deaths of some of the estimated 850 people killed during the uprising that toppled the strongman.

Mubarak, his sons Alaa and Gamal and business associate Hussein Salem, who fled to Spain, were also on trial over an alleged bribe.

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