Egyptians March in Outrage Over Former Ruler Mubarak's Life Sentence


Mubarak's Sons Acquitted of Corruption Charges

Inside the courtroom, a scuffle broke out as soon as the verdict was read. Although Mubarak was convicted for his role in suppressing the uprising, he and his sons, Gamal and Alaa, along with a family friend, were acquitted of corruption charges. Because of other, pre-existing charges against Gamal and Alaa that have yet to be heard in court, the two brothers will remain behind bars.

A number of revolutionary groups, including the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, which was outlawed during Mubarak's regime, called for massive protests at Tahrir Square, the symbolic home of the uprising. Many were upset that Mubarak wasn't found guilty on all charges. They said the verdict was an indication that the old Mubarak regime is still influencing the judiciary.

"Justice was not served," said Ramadan Ahmed, whose son was killed on Jan. 28, 2011. "This is a sham."

Human Rights Watch called the verdict a landmark, but criticized the prosecution for failing to fully investigate the case.

"It sends a powerful message to Egypt's future leaders that they are not above the law," HRW spokesman Joe Stork said. "These convictions set an important precedent since just over a year ago, seeing Mubarak as a defendant in a criminal court would have been unthinkable."

Egypt Set for a Runoff in Presidential Elections

The verdict comes at a crucial time, with the country set for a run-off tiebreaker in its president elections. The showdown is a contest between Ahmed Shafiq, a former protégé of Mubarak's, and Mohammed Morsi, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.

On his Facebook page, Shafiq declined to comment on the court ruling, but said it shows no one is above the law in Egypt, and that the old regime would never come back.

In contrast, a spokesman for Morsi called the verdicts "shocking" and vowed retribution.

"I am part of this people who lived for decades under oppression. The blood from the martyrs' wounds is still running. I was, and still am, and will remain a revolutionary until the revolution's aims are realized," said Morsi in a press conference, according to the Egypt Independent.

Morsi and Shafiq will go on a head-to-head presidential runoff on June 16-17.

The Associated Press and ABC News' Molly Hunter contributed to this report.

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