Hosni Mubarak acquitted over Arab Spring uprisings

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Egypt’s top appeals court has acquitted Hosni Mubarak, the former president of all charges in a retrial in relation to the killing of protestors during the 2011 uprising which forced him from office.

Some eight hundred people were shot dead during the revolt. No one has been held responsible for the killings. Mr Mubarak has been kept in a hospital pending his trial, reports Heba Saleh in Cairo.

The verdict opens up the possibility that he will be allowed to walk free. The only final conviction against him was in 2015 is in relation to the corrupt use of state funds to upgrade his family’s private residences.

He was sentenced to three years which he was deemed to have served in pre-trial detention.

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