Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was found innocent Thursday by a court of appeals on charges of murdering protesters during an uprising that ousted him from power in 2011 after 30 years as ruler of the country.
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The ruling was considered final and could see the Mubarak walk free.
After an all-day hearing, Judge Ahmed Abdel Qawi announced: "The court has found the defendant innocent."
The court also rejected demands by lawyers of the victims to reopen civil suits, leaving no remaining option for appeal or retrial.