Mubarak’s Acquittal and the State of Transitional Justice in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy
Author(s): May El-Sadany

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In a final verdict on March 2, Egypt’s Court of Cassation acquitted former President Hosni Mubarak of ordering the killing of protesters during the January 25 Revolution in 2011. Mubarak had been added as a defendant to the case in May 2011, two months after it was first brought against former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and six of his aides. In June 2012, Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for being an “accessory to murder,” but the verdict was overturned and a retrial was granted in January 2013. In November 2014, a criminal court dismissed the case against Mubarak, pointing to a procedural error by prosecutors and effectively acquitting him. Finally, in June 2015, a final review of the case was ordered and culminated in a trial that was heard throughout 2015 and 2016, ultimately ending in Thursday’s acquittal verdict…

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