Egypt court dismisses charges against Mubarak

Former Egyptian president cleared of killing of protesters in 2011 uprising

A court in Cairo has dropped its case against deposed former president Hosni Mubarak, his interior minister Habib al-Adly and six senior aides over the killing of some 850 protesters during the 2011 revolt that ended Mubarak's three-decade rule.

In 2012 all eight defendants received life sentences for conspiracy to murder but last year they were granted a retrial over a technicality.

During the court session on 29 November, Mubarak and a former oil minister were also cleared of corrpuption charges concerning gas exports to Israel. Further charges of corruption were dropped against Mubarak and his sons Alaa and Gamal, and his close business associate Hussein Salem, after the judge ruled that too much time had passed since the alleged crime took place.

The 86-year-old former president, who was wheeled into court on a stretcher, is currently serving a three-year sentence on charges of theft of public funds. He remains under house arrest for medical reasons in an army hospital in the Cairo suburbs. life sentences for conspiracy to murder.

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