Egypt's Mubarak acquitted in final ruling on 2011 deaths

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Posted: Mar 02, 2017 11:05 AM
Egypt's Mubarak acquitted in final ruling on 2011 deaths

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top appeals court has issued a final ruling that acquits former President Hosni Mubarak on charges of killing protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign.

The ruling by the Court of Cassation on Thursday upheld a previous verdict reached in 2014. Sitting in a wheelchair in the defendant's cage as the judge read out the charges against him, Mubarak responded "It did not happen."

Mubarak, his interior minister and six aides were sentenced to life in prison in 2012, but another court overturned the verdict two years later, citing technical flaws in the prosecution.

Thursday's session, held at the Police Academy in a Cairo suburb, was to review the public prosecutor's request for an appeal.

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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has returned to a Cairo courtroom for a retrial on charges of killing protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign.

Mubarak, his interior minister and six aides were sentenced to life in prison in 2012, but another court overturned the verdict two years later, citing technical flaws in the prosecution.

The 88-year-old ailing former leader resides in a Cairo military hospital, where he served a three-year sentence in a separate corruption case. No cameras were allowed inside Thursday's hearing.

Hundreds of protesters were killed in clashes with police and Mubarak supporters during the 18-day uprising, part of the Arab Spring protests that swept the region. The military overthrew Mubarak's freely elected successor, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, in 2013.