Live updates: Mubarak, Adli sentenced to life in prison
The historic trial of toppled President Hosni Mubarak is set to wrap up today when the presiding judge, Ahmed Refaat, hands down a verdict. The trial began in August 2011 and was adjourned on 22 February when Refaat declared that a verdict will be pronounced on 2 June. The former president could face a variety of punishments, up to the death penalty, for charges of conspriing to kill protesters during the uprising in January and February 2011. His former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly faces the same charges in the same trial. Mubarak, along with his sons Gamal and Alaa, are also charged with corruption for involvement in selling state land at below-market prices. The trial is being held at the Police Academy in the Fifth Settlement on the eastern outskirts of Cairo.
11:30 am: Lawyers representing the families of the martyrs explode in protest inside the courtroom, angry that Adly's aids have escaped conviction. They chant: "The people demand the purging of the judiciary!" and "Illigitimate!"
11:25 am: Mubarak is sentenced to 25 years in prison for conspiring to kill protesters, the maxiumum possible sentence under Eygptian law. Former interior minister Adly received the same sentence. Adly's deputies, Ahmad Abdel Rashid, Adly Mostafa, Hassan Youssef, Ismail al-Shaer, and Omar Faramawy are acquitted. The former president is also acquitted of all financial crimes, because 10 years have passed since the alleged crimes were committed.
11:15 am: After his impassioned opening remarks, the judge assures that his decision is based on fair consideration. He says the court held 49 sessions, deliberated for 250 hours and reviewed 60,000 pages of evidence.
11:05 am: Judge Refaat reads out his opening statement. After assuring that he has studied the evidence closely, he praises the 25 January revolution, saying it was a new dawn for Egypt that ended 30 years of darkness. He goes on to detail the shortcomings of the Mubarak regime, in particular the economic demands of Egyptians. He then praises the protesters who took to the streets.
11:00 am: Judge Refaat begins the session, demanding silence. He threatens to close the session in case of disruption.
9:58 am: Mubarak and the other defendants have arrived in the defendants' cage. The former president is lying in a stretcher and wearing black sunglasses. Recent reports in local and international media have cited officials at the hospital where Mubarak is held, saying that the former president is in good health.
9:50 am: Relatives of the martyrs killed during the 18-day uprising are holding up pictures of the deceased inside the courtroom. The families are filing a civil claim against Mubarak and the other defendants in a parallel legal proceeding.
9:30 am: The helicopter carrying the former president has arrived at the Police Academy. Adly, Gamal, Alaa and the other defendants are already in the court room, where they will be held in a cage during the sentencing.
9:20 am: Judge Refaat has arrived at the court room. The former president, who will be transported to the court by helicopter, has not yet arrived.
9:00 am: The session is set to start momentarily. Heavy security is deployed outside the police academy. Families of martyrs' have gathered outside, anxiously awaiting a verdict.
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