Mubarak Escapes Sentencing One Last Time

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March 2, 2017

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been acquitted in the final ruling in his yearslong legal battle against charges of conspiring to kill protesters during the 2011 uprising.

As a result of the widespread protests and other pressures from outside the country, Mubarak resigned as president. The following year, he was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of ordering the killing of several hundred protesters during the 18-day uprising.

Mubarak appealed that sentence, and an appeals court ordered a retrial, which resulted in the case against Mubarak being dropped altogether. The original prosecutors then appealed the appeals court decision to drop the case, and the country's top appeals court, the Court of Cassation, accepted the appeal.

The court of cassation also refused to reopen any more civil suits, meaning that Mubarak will likely face no further prosecution.

Mubarak, 88, is still in a Cairo military hospital, where he has been since soon after fleeing his post. During his original trial, he sat in a cage in the courtroom. For the court's final decision, he was in court in a wheelchair.

He served a three-year sentence at the hospital after being convicted of corruption.

Mubarak's interior minister, Habib al-Adly, has also acquitted of charges similar to those faced by Mubarak.

Meanwhile, the country's military has moved on, installing its top general, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, as president (after an election) and arresting and jailing tens of thousands of activists who led the 2011 uprising. Also in jail is Mubarak's successor, the democratically elected Mohammed Morsi, himself convicted on charges of ordering the deaths of protesters.

 

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