Egyptians react after a court sentenced deposed president Hosni Mubarak to life in prison in Cairo.

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(London) – The landmark conviction of the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on June 2, 2012, on charges of complicity in the murder of peaceful protesters during pro-democracy protests sends a powerful message to Egypt’s future leaders that they are not above the law. However, the acquittal of four assistant ministers of interior on the grounds of insufficient evidence highlights the failure of the prosecution to fully investigate responsibility for the shooting of protesters in January 2011, giving a green light to future police abuse. 

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Egyptians react after a court sentenced deposed president Hosni Mubarak to life in prison in Cairo.