Decision to drop Mubarak murder charge nullified

Egyptian appeals court annuls the decision to drop deposed former President Hosni Mubarak’s murder charge

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

An Egyptian appeals court annulled on Thursday a decision to drop Mubarak’s conviction relating to the the deaths of hundreds of Egyptians who died in the uprising which forced him to resign in 2011.

The prosecution's appeal against nullifying the murder charge against Mubarak was accepted by The Court of Cassation.

Mubarak was sentenced to life in 2012 by an Egyptian court over the deaths of more than 800 protesters in Tahrir Square during the 2011 revolution. Later an appeals court ordered a retrial and overturned the verdict on technical grounds. In November 2014, the charge against Mubarak was dropped.

The decision to drop the charge and release some of Mubarak's associates from jail cast doubt over Egypt's political transition. It also sparked objections from supporters of Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted by the army in July 2013.

The court "accepts the prosecution's appeal and has set a session for November 5 to review it," Judge Anwar El-Gabry announced on Thursday.

But it is not clear yet if the annulment also applies to Mubarak's seven co-defendants, including former interior minister Habib al-Adly, who were acquitted in November.

Mubarak was toppled during the Arab Spring uprisings which swept the Middle East and North Africa in 2011.

Following his dismissal from office, Mubarak and his sons were detained on charges ranging from the embezzlement of $14 million used to renovate his personal residences to the murder of those killed in violent crackdowns on the mass uprisings against his regime.

Mubarak was cleared of charges pertaining to the murder of protesters and sentenced to four years in prison on charges of embezzlement, however Mubarak has spent much of his four-year stay in detention at the Maadi Military Hospital in Cairo.

TRTWorld and agencies