posted at 05:50
Author: The Associated Press
Egypt court drops murder charges against Mubarak
CAIRO - An Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed murder charges against former President Hosni Mubarak in connection with the killing of hundreds of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade rule, citing the "Inadmissibility" of the case due to a technicality. Saturday's verdict concludes Mubarak's retrial along with his two sons, his security chief and six top security commanders, who were all acquitted. Nearly 900 protesters were killed in the 18-day uprising that ended when Mubarak stepped down on Feb. 11, handing over power to the military. "I did not do anything at all," Mubarak replied. Presiding judge Mahmoud al-Rashidi said the dismissal of the charges did not absolve Mubarak of the corruption and "Feebleness" of the latter years of his 29-year rule and praised the 2011 uprising, saying that its goals - freedom, bread and social justice - were legitimate. Al-Rashidi said Mubarak, like any other human, erred at times and suggested that his old age should have spared him a criminal trial. He also cited Mubarak's long years in public service and what he called the enshrinement of "Constitutional legitimacy" following the ouster of Mubarak's successor, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi. Morsi, the Islamist who succeeded Mubarak, is also detained and faces a slew of charges, including some related to the killing of protesters, which could see him sentenced to death.

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