posted at 04:50
Author Name: Reuters and Hunter Walker
Murder Case Against Hosni Mubarak Dismissed
An Egyptian court on Saturday dropped its case against ousted president Hosni Mubarak on charges of ordering the killing of protesters during the 2011 revolt that removed him from power. About 800 people were estimated to have been killed as Mubarak's security forces fought protesters prior to his resignation in February 2011. The charges against Mubarak only relate to the deaths of 239 protesters whose names were listed on court documents. The murder charges were made against Mubarak, his interior minister Habib el-Adly, and six top police officials who reported to el-Adly. Mubarak's lawyers argued he was unaware of the full extent of the protests or the violent crackdown against them. In addition to the murder charges, Mubarak and a former oil minister were cleared of graft charges related to gas exports to Israel. Corruption charges were also dropped against Mubarak's sons. According to the Independent, Judge Mahmoud al-Rashidi told the court on Saturday that the verdict did not mean there was no "Corruption" and "Weakness" during Mubarak's rule.

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