Mubarak, the first Arab leader to be tried by his own people, was however acquitted on all corruption charges. His sons and six other senior officials were acquitted too.
Egypt's ex-interior minister Habib el-Adly was also sentenced to life for the protester killings. Rifaat said Mubarak and el-Adly did not act to stop the killings during the mass protests that lasted well over two weeks. In the subsequent crackdown, over 850 persons were shot to death in Cairo and other cities across Egypt .
Incidentally, a scuffle broke out in the courtroom immediately after Mubarak was given the life term.