Egypt’s Mubarak acquitted of murder, graft charges
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Egypt’s Mubarak acquitted of murder, graft charges

Ex-president cleared of corruption in gas deal with Israel; acquitted of conspiring to kill hundreds of protesters during 2011 revolt

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sits in the defendant cage during his trial at a court in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 29. (Photo credit: AP/Sada el-Balad via Egypt's State Television)
Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sits in the defendant cage during his trial at a court in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 29. (Photo credit: AP/Sada el-Balad via Egypt's State Television)

CAIRO, Egypt  — An Egyptian court acquitted former president Hosni Mubarak of murder and separate corruption charges involving gas exports to Israel, almost four years after he was overthrown in a popular uprising.

The court also acquitted five of his top security commanders of the murder charges. Judge Mahmud Kamel al-Rashidi said Mubarak, the commanders, including the former interior minister Habib al-Adly, were “innocent.”

Mubarak’s two sons, Alaa and Gamal, were also found not guilty of corruption charges related to the gas exports, in the same separate case.

Applause and cheers broke out in the court after the rulings were read, according to reports.

Mubarak, 86, was accused along with the five of involvement in the killing of hundreds of demonstrators during the 2011 revolt that ended his three-decade rule. An appeals court overturned an initial life sentence for Mubarak in 2012 on a technicality.

He was also accused of abusing his power to amass wealth, including a gas deal with Israel, and of embezzling 125 million Egyptian pounds ($18m) earmarked for the renovation of presidential palaces.

Egyptian and other Twitter users voiced their deep disappointment with the murder verdict, posting pictures of some of the close to 1,000 protesters killed during the 18-day uprising in 2011 that unseated Mubarak

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