Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been cleared of any responsibility for the killing of hundreds of people during the 2011 Arab Springs protests.
Mubarak and his interior minister, Habib al-Adly, were convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for failing to protect the lives of demonstrators.
The Court of Cassation however rejected an appeal by prosecutors, allowing an acquittal verdict from 2014 to stand.
The ailing 88-year-old Mubarak has been in a Cairo military hospital for most of the last six years, where he served a three-year sentence for corruption charges in a separate case.
Eyewitness News correspondent, Paula Slier says Egyptians are surprised by this ruling.
The verdict while not surprising is again seen as an indication of Mubarak’s corruption, his dictatorship....— Eyewitness News correspondent, Paula Slier
It’s just the latest blow to the goals of the revolution and the hope that Mubarak would be held accountable for what many say and believe was decades of oppression under his rule.— Eyewitness News correspondent, Paula Slier
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This article first appeared on 702 : Mubarak’s possible release may be a blow to the Egyptian revolution