Egypt's Mubarak May Walk Free After Appeals Court Finds Him Innocent of Killing Protesters

The court also rejected demands by lawyers of the victims to reopen civil suits, leaving no remaining option for appeal or retrial.

Supporters of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hold up his pictures as they wait for him to be transferred to a court, in front of Maadi military hospital in Cairo, Egypt, March 2, 2017.
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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.

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.