Egypt appeals court acquits Mubarak over protester killings in 2011

Egypt's top appeals court has acquitted former President Hosni Mubarak of conspiring in the killing of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising.

Mubarak's lawyers, however, successfully appealed the sentence, and Egypt's Court of Appeals ordered two retrials, the second and final of which ended on Thursday with a "not guilty" verdict.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

In all, more than 800 people are believed to have been killed as security forces sought to stop protests in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and other cities around Egypt during the 18-day uprising that forced Mr Mubarak to resign after 30 years in power.

"I did nothing wrong at all", he told a private broadcaster after receiving the life sentence in 2012 over the deaths of protesters.

Apparently referring to economic growth, he said: "The last 10 years showed more results than the 20 years before, including telephones and so on, and then they turned against us". The court credited the Mubaraks for time served.

In November 2014, the criminal court retrying Mubarak acquitted the former president and all co-defendants of killing protesters, reasoning that the prosecution's initial decision on 23 March, 2011 to charge Mubarak lacked the legal basis to bring a criminal case against him.

In January 2016, the Court of Cassation rejected an appeal by Mubarak and his two sons, Gamal and Alaa, of their conviction for embezzling $17.9 million allocated for the renovation of the presidential palace.

The revolt had ushered in years of instability that drove away tourists and investors, decimating the economy.

  • Leroy Wright