Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Egypt court acquits Hosni Mubarak over killing of protesters in 2011

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was acquitted on March 2 by the country's top appeals court of charges related to a number of protesters' deaths six years ago during the uprising that ended his rule.

Mubarak, 88, got into a helicopter after the verdict to return to the hospital in the leafy Cairo suburb of Maadi where he has already completed a three year sentence in a separate corruption case - the only one in which he was convicted.

Mubarak was swept from power by two weeks of popular protest across Egypt's major cities as revolution erupted across the Middle East and North Africa in 2011 during what came to be known as the Arab Spring. When the charges against him were read out, he responded: "It did not happen". He waved at supporters among the journalists and others in the courtroom, who included his son Alaa.

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It was not immediately clear if he will leave the hospital in southern Cairo where he is being treated for unspecified health problems.

Sisi served as Mr Mubarak's military intelligence chief and led the military's overthrow of his democratically elected successor, Mohammed Morsi, in 2013.

Many Egyptians who lived through Mubarak's rule view it as a period of autocracy and crony capitalism. "The question now is how we move forward as a nation", he said. He suggested that Germany would have taken similar action if it faced "the same threats and attacks". A recent wave of attacks on Christians in northern Sinai led hundreds to flee.

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