Former Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, has been sentenced to life in prison by an Egyptian High court.
Mr. Mubarak, 84, was found guilty of the murder of 850 people who were killed by security forces following 18 days of protests against his continuous stay in power.
The former dictator, who ruled Egypt for 30years, had no plan to leave office until the Egyptian uprising, which was part of the Arab spring, forced him out.
Crackdown by security forces on protesters in Cairo and other cities led to the death of over 800 people.
The interior minister under Mubarak, Habib al-Adly, was also sentenced to life in prison for his roles in the massacre.
Ahmed Refaat, the presiding judge described Mubarak’s tenure in office as “30 years of darkness” and “a darkened nightmare,” saying the protesters “peacefully demanded democracy from rulers who held tight grip on power.”
Mr. Mubarak and Mr. al-Adly are expected to appeal the ruling.
Six police commissioners, who were in charge of the Egyptian police when the killings took place, were however acquitted.
Mr. Mubarak’s two sons, Gamal and Alaa Mubarak were also acquitted of corruption charges by Mr. Refaat who stated that the case against them had lapsed as the crime was committed over 10 years ago.
Following Mubarak’s exit, general elections have been held in Egypt with the party formed by the Muslim Brotherhood (which was banned by Mr. Mubarak) winning majority seat in parliament.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate, Mohammed Morsi, also came tops in the presidential election but would challenge a Mubarak era Prime Minister, Ahmed Shafiq, in a runoff election slated for June 16-17 as none of the presidential candidates had the required majority.