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Ousted Egyptian ruler Mubarak sentenced to life in prison

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Egyptians celebrate as they hear the verdict over a car radio on ousted president Hosni Mubarak outside the police academy courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, June 2.


Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sits inside a cage in a courtroom in Cairo June 2.

Egypt's ousted ruler Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison Saturday for complicity in the killings of protesters who eventually overthrew him. He could have received the death penalty.

Presiding judge Ahmed Refaat also sentenced his former interior minister, Habib el-Adli, to life in prison on the same charge. But Mubarak's two sons -- Gamal and Alaa -- were acquitted on corruption charges.   

Scuffles broke out in the Cairo courtroom between supporters and opponents of the former president after the verdicts were announced.

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Supporters of deposed president Hosni Mubarak react after a court sentenced him to life in prison, outside the police academy where the court is located in Cairo, June 2.

Mohammed Salem / Reuters

Protesters demonstrate after a court sentenced deposed president Hosni Mubarak to life in prison at Tahrir Square in Cairo, June 2.