Egypt’s top appeals court has acquitted former President Hosni Mubarak of conspiring in the killing of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising. Mr Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in 2012, but the case was retried twice.
Thursday’s Court of Cassation ruling is final, which could mean the ailing 88 year old is freed from detention. He has been confined to a military hospital despite having completed a three-year sentence for embezzlement.
A judge decreed in May 2015 that Mr Mubarak could be released from detention. However, the government of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi was reportedly reluctant to free him because of the public backlash that might accompany such a move(BBC,2017).