Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian President, has been found guilty of complicity to kill protesters during the Arab Spring by a court in Cairo on Saturday morning.

The 84-year-old was sentenced to life imprisonment after a 10 month trial while his sons, Gamal and Alaa were acquitted on corruption charges.

Upon arriving at Torah Prison where he is to serve his sentence, Mubarak suffered a 'health crisis', with Egyptian state television initially reporting that he had suffered a heart attack.

Thousands of security personel were deployed in Cairo after the verdict as joy at Mubarak's sentence soon turned to anger at his sons' acquittal.

Inspired by the popular uprising in Tunisia, Egyptians began nationwide revolts against Mubarak's 30 year dictatorial rule in January of last year.

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Egyptians react to the news of Mubarak's life sentence

In little over five weeks the protests had escalated with marches of hundreds of thousands of people becoming the norm.

The response from Mubarak's regime was violent and resulted in government troops being ordered to fire on protestors.

It is these orders that Mubarak has been on trial for, facing a possible death sentence.

During the trial, Mubarak appeared in court in a metal cage, looking frail lying on a hospital stretcher.

Mubarak's sons, Gamal and Alaa, were also on trial for corruption charges but were acquitted.

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Alaa Mubarak attending court

Former Interior Minister, Habib al-Adly, was found guilty on the same charge as Mubarak and also received a life sentence.

There was violence in the courtroom following the reading of the verdict as supporters of Mubarak scuffled with those opposed to the former dictator.

The verdict has been keenly anticipated but there were concerns that it could inflame tensions in the country.

The reaction to the verdict across Egypt has mostly been one of delight but also dismay that his sons, who are deeply unpopular, appear to have gotten away unpunished.

An FCO spokesperson said of Mubarak's sentence: “Egyptians understandably wish to establish responsibility for the killings of unarmed protestors during the revolution in Egypt, to end the culture of impunity and to strengthen the rule of law. We will continue to follow this process closely”.

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  • Egyptians celebrate as they hear from a car radio the verdict on ousted president Hosni Mubarak outside the police academy courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 2, 2012. Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life in prison after a court convicted him on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year's uprising that forced him from power. Mubarak's two sons -- Gamal and Alaa -- were acquitted on corruption charges.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

  • Alaa Mubarak, Gamal Mubarak

    In this video image taken from Egyptian State Television, Gamal Mubarak, left, and Alaa Mubarak, right, sons of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak seen in the defendant's cage as a judge reads the verdict in on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year's uprising that forced him from power, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 2, 2012. Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life in prison after a court convicted him on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year's uprising that forced him from power. Mubarak's two sons -- Gamal and Alaa -- were acquitted on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Egyptian State TV) EGYPT OUT

  • Alaa Mubarak, Gamal Mubarak

    In this video image taken from Egyptian State Television, scuffles break out in the courtroom after a judge read the verdict in the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak and his sons in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 2, 2012. Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life in prison after a court convicted him on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year's uprising that forced him from power. Mubarak's two sons Gamal and Alaa were acquitted on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Egyptian State TV) EGYPT OUT

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    In this video image taken from Egyptian State Television, a wide shot of the defendants cage as 84-year-old former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, his sons and other figures as a judge reads the verdict in on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year's uprising that forced him from power, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 2, 2012. Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life in prison after a court convicted him on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year's uprising that forced him from power. Mubarak's two sons -- Gamal and Alaa -- were acquitted on corruption charges. Scuffles broke out in the Cairo courtroom after the verdicts were announced Saturday.(AP Photo/Egyptian State TV) EGYPT OUT

  • Egyptian women shout slogans as they wait for a verdict in the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Fairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 2, 2012. The 84-year-old Mubarak, the first Arab leader to be tried by his own people, faces charges of complicity in the killing of some 900 protesters during last year's uprising that forced him from power. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. (AP Photos/Fredrik Persson)

  • Hosni Mubarak

    In this video image taken from Egyptian State Television, 84-year-old former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is seen in the defendant's cage as a judge reads the verdict in on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year's uprising that forced him from power, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 2, 2012. Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life in prison after a court convicted him on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year's uprising that forced him from power. (AP Photo/Egyptian State TV) EGYPT OUT

  • Egyptian protesters shout slogans in front of policemen outside the police academy courtroom as the country braces for a verdict in the trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 2, 2012. The 84-year-old Mubarak, the first Arab leader to be tried by his own people, faces charges of complicity in the killing of some 900 protesters during last year's uprising that forced him from power. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

  • An Egyptian woman shouts slogans and holds a poster of a protester killed during the 2011 uprising in front of policemen outside the police academy courtroom as the country braces for a verdict in the trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 2, 2012. The 84-year-old Mubarak, the first Arab leader to be tried by his own people, faces charges of complicity in the killing of some 900 protesters during last year's uprising that forced him from power. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. Poster on white flag showing one of the victims of the January 25th revolution . (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

  • An Egyptian man shouts slogans outside the police academy courtroom as the country braces for a verdict in the trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 2, 2012. The 84-year-old Mubarak, the first Arab leader to be tried by his own people, faces charges of complicity in the killing of some 900 protesters during last year's uprising that forced him from power. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. The man is surrounded by posters depicting protesters killed during the uprising. (AP Photo/Frederik Persson)

  • Egyptian anti-riot policemen and army soldiers stand alert outside the police academy courtroom as the country braces for a verdict in the trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 2, 2012. The 84-year-old Mubarak, the first Arab leader to be tried by his own people, faces charges of complicity in the killing of some 900 protesters during last year's uprising that forced him from power. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

  • Egyptian protesters shout slogans and wave a national flag in front of policemen outside the police academy courtroom as the country braces for a verdict in the trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 2, 2012. The 84-year-old Mubarak, the first Arab leader to be tried by his own people, faces charges of complicity in the killing of some 900 protesters during last year's uprising that forced him from power. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. The picture on the white flag shows one of the victims of the Jan. 25, 2011 Egyptian revolution. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)