Thousands Protest Mubarak’s Sentence

Thousands of Egyptians flooded the streets of Cairo and Alexandria on Saturday after former president Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment for his complicity in the killing of protesters last year. Mubarak was acquitted along with his sons on other corruption charges. Crowds of protesters swelled in Tahrir Square, the ideological home base of the popular uprising that last year removed Mubarak from power. The Muslim Brotherhood and other groups called for protests over the acquittals. Mubarak, who reportedly suffered a “health crisis” in a helicopter after being removed from his sentencing hearing, could have faced the death penalty for the charges related to the killing of protesters. Pro-democracy advocates in the country say they would like to see Mubarak face charges extending beyond his conduct during the uprising.