Saturday, June 2

Former Egyptian President Charged with Complicity and Sentenced to Life

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Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian President who was forced from power last year by a mass uprising of protesters and anti-Mubarak groups was sentenced to life for complicity in the killings of protesters during the demonstrations.

Mubarak came to power as President just seven days after his predecessor, Anwar Sadat was assassinated by Muslim extremists at a military parade on Oct. 6, 1981. He reportedly became a target by the extremest group for signing a peace treaty with Israel in 1979.

Mubarak survived 10 attempts on his life during his 30 years in power.

He officially handed over power and stepped down from the Egyptian presidency on Feb 11, 2011. He handed over power to the armed forces after 18 days of mass protests against his administration.

Former president Mubarak was considered by many to be the linchpin and gateway ambassador for US relations in the area. His administration backed the US led Iraq war to free Kuwait in 1990's Desert Storm.

In addition to Hosni Mubarak, his two sons, the ex-interior minister Habib Adli and six police officers were all to receive their verdicts in Cairo on today.

The former interior minister Habib Adli also received a life sentence related to the killing of the protesters that resulted in the revolution last year.

Both of Mubarak's sons and all 6 officers were acquitted of the allegations of corruption.

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