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Egyptian court dismisses charges against Mubarak linked to killing of protesters in 2011

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CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed criminal charges against former president Hosni Mubarak in connection with the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign.

Mubarak, 86, was also acquitted of corruption charges that he faced along with his sons Alaa and Gamal.

PHOTO: Egyptian security forces stand by their vehicles as they were deployed to disperse anti-government protesters in Alexandria, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Egyptian security forces quickly put down scattered protests Friday as an attempt by Islamists to hold the first major anti-government rallies in months fizzled, with at least two protesters and three army officers killed in Cairo and a navy officer killed in Alexandria. (AP Photo/Heba Khamis)
Egyptian security forces stand by their vehicles as they were deployed to disperse anti-government protesters in Alexandria, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Egyptian security forces quickly put down scattered protests Friday as an attempt by Islamists to hold the first major anti-government rallies in months fizzled, with at least two protesters and three army officers killed in Cairo and a navy officer killed in Alexandria. (AP Photo/Heba Khamis)

Mubarak was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2012, but the verdict was overturned on appeal the following year.

Saturday's verdict concludes his retrial along with his two sons, his security chief and six top security commanders, who were all acquitted. Also on trial was businessman Hussein Salem, a longtime Mubarak friend tried in absentia. He too was acquitted.

Nearly 900 protesters were killed in the 18-day uprising that ended when Mubarak stepped down, handing over power to the military. The trial, however, was concerned only with the killing of 239 protesters, whose names were cited in the charges sheet.

Presiding judge Mahmoud al-Rashidi made clear that the dismissal of the charges did not absolve Mubarak of the "corruption" and "weakness" of the latter years of his 29-year rule and praised the January 2011 uprising, saying that its goals — freedom, bread and social justice — were justified.

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PHOTO: In this image made from video broadcast on Sada el-Balad via Egypt's State Television, ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sits in the defendant cage during his trial at a court in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 29. Egypt court dismissed criminal charges against Mubarak in the killing of more than 900 protesters during the 2011 uprising against his rule. (AP Photo/Sada el-Balad via Egypt's State Television)
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