by Andrew Crisp
Seated in a cage inside an Egyptian courtroom, former President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison by Judge Ahmed Rafaat, The New York Times reports.
The 84-year-old lay reclining on a gurney as the verdict was read, while sons Alaa and Gamal, also in the courtroom, had tears in their eyes. Bribery charges against the two men were dismissed, though they still face stock manipulation charges.
The Times' David Kirkpatrick wrote:
Although the trial was widely criticized for failing to take stock of 30 years of political violence and corruption under Mr. Mubarak, the ruling is nonetheless Egypt’s most significant step yet toward establishing the principle that no leader is above the law. The country is still awaiting an elected president, a new Constitution and the exit of its current military rulers.
However Egyptian state media reported that Mubarak suffered a "health crisis" following the verdict. Nile News originally reported that Mubarak had suffered a heart attack; he was airlifted to a Cairo prison hospital.