Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was on Saturday acquitted by an Egyptian court which found him not guilty in the killing of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 revolution that toppled his 30-year rule, overturning an earlier ruling. Judge Mahmud Kamel al-Rashidi also acquitted Mubarak of corruption charges for exporting gas to Israel.
The court ruled that Mubarak’s seven former security commanders, including his former interior minister Habib al-Adly, were “innocent” in the killing of anti-government protesters during the 2011 revolution.
The 86-year-old, dressed in his trademark shades and wearing the blue clothes of a convict, was wheeled into the caged dock on an upright stretcher. His two sons were also acquitted from all corruption charges.
Mubarak and his co-defendants were found guilty in June 2012 and sentenced to life imprisonment. The initial verdict was appealed successfully and a retrial began in April 2013. He is serving a separate three-year prison term for embezzlement of public funds.