Egypt's chief prosecutor to appeal Mubarak rulings
Egypt's chief prosecutor is to appeal the verdicts handed down this weekend in the historic trial of former president Hosny Mubarak and security aides, state television reported Sunday, DPA reported.
A criminal court Saturday sentenced Mubarak and his interior minister, Habib al-Adli, to life in prison for complicity in protester deaths in a popular revolt more than a year ago. However, Mubarak's two sons were cleared of corruption charges.
The court also acquitted six senior security officials of complicity in killing the protesters, sparking widespread public anger. Many of those dismayed by that verdict had also hoped Mubarak would get the death penalty.
The country's top prosecutor, Abdul-Meguid Mahmoud, Sunday ordered that the six former officials be banned from travelling abroad, reported state television.
A hard core of demonstrators stayed overnight, after the verdicts were announced, in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square, which was the focal point of the revolt that eventually removed Mubarak from power in February 2011.
The numbers of demonstrators increased Sunday in Tahrir, where slogans against the current military rulers and the verdicts in the Mubarak trial reverberated.
Similar protests were reported in other major Egyptian cities.