Saturday, June 2, 2012

Mubarak Sentenced to Life, Sons Acquitted

Hosni Mubarak, the deposed former president of Egypt, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison today for his complicity in the killing of protesters during the uprising. The former minister of interior, Habib al-Adly, was also acquitted, but Mubarak's two sons, Gamal and Alaa, have been acquitted.

Charges of corruption directed at Mubarak were dropped, as were the corruption charges against his two sons. The reason being these charges could be proven, but they date back to over ten years ago. More recent evidence is needed [within the past ten years] for a corruption sentencing.

Many Egyptians are sitting back and calling the trial a farce. Whether Mubarak will ever actually see the inside of a prison cell is debatable; his verdict will most likely be caught up in appeal after appeal.

Is this justice? Are the Egyptians satisfied with the outcome of the trial? Initial scuffles outside of the Police Academy in Cairo where the trial was held would seem to indicate no.

I will continue to update the blog as this news develops throughout the day and people have had time to really digest what this verdict means. 

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