Court Drops Hosni Mubarak Cases over Deaths of Protesters

A court in Egypt dropped its case on Saturday against Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president, for the alleged involvement in the 2011 killing of hundreds of protesters who had been protesting against his government.

Former Egyptian interior minister Habib al Adly as well as his aides were also cleared of charges they ordered the killing of the protesters during the Arab Spring uprising that ended the three-decade long run of Mubarak.

The same court also found Mubarak and a former minister of oil not guilty of graft charges in relationship to exports of gas to Israel.

In another separate case of corruption, Mubarak had charges dropped against he and his sons Gamal and Alaa, with the judge saying too long of a time had elapsed since they had been accused of the crime and the court could not rule on it.

Mubarak did receive a conviction and a life sentence in 2012 but that verdict was overturned during appeal.

The former leader, who is now 86, will not be freed after the verdicts on Saturday. Mubarak was found guilty this past May in another separate case that was related to the theft of public monies and he is serving the sentence of three years at a military hospital in a Cairo suburb under house arrest.

The judge said the people injured during the protests and families of those killed should be given compensation.

He also said the court had ruled in accordance with evidence given to it and Mubarak would be judged by God and history.

The court’s decision was greeted by supporters of Mubarak in the courtroom with cries of joy. The former Egyptian president as well as his sons and other defendants all smiled and the former president waved to supporters.

While supporters of Mubarak called for a celebration, the army was sent to all main squares in Cairo including Tahrir Square to stop any clashes between the supporters of Mubarak and his opponents.

Families of those killed during the protests were outraged and gathered in a loud crowd opposite the court.

The verdicts can all be appealed and it is expected that the prosecutor would appeal and that members of the families would start civil claims.

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