Mubarak Sentenced to Life in Prison

Hosni Mubarak, the 84-year-old Egyptian leader ousted in the Arab Spring last year was sentenced to life in prison Saturday in a verdict that was received with joy by many of his countrymen. Mubarak reportedly suffered a "health crisis" after the sentencing en route to the jail and was being treated in a military helicopter. Mubarak, along with Habib al-Adly, the government’s former interior minister, was sentenced for complicity in the killing of protesters during a popular uprising in Tahrir Square in the spring of 2011. Mubarak and his sons were acquitted on separate corruption charges. Judge Ahmed Refaat spoke at the culmination of the 10-month trial, saying that Mubarak’s rule had been “30 years of darkness” for Egypt, and that last year’s protesters were “the sons of the nation who rose up peacefully for freedom and justice.” Thousands protested the sentence in Alexandria, while Cairo protests were said to be more celebratory.