In final ruling, Egyptian court acquits Mubarak over killing of protesters

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 02, 2017 6:04 AM

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's top appeals court found Hosni Mubarak innocent on Thursday of involvement in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year rule, in a final ruling that could see the former president walk free.

After an all-day hearing, Judge Ahmed Abdel Qawi announced: "The court has found the defendant innocent."

The court also rejected demands by lawyers of the victims to reopen civil suits, leaving no remaining option for appeal or retrial.

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(Reporting by Haitham Ahmed and Mahmoud Mourad; Writing by Lin Noueihed; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)