After six years since the spark of the 25 January Revolution, the Cassation Court acquitted former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak of all charges related to killing protesters during the revolution.
Mubarak and his minister of interior Habib El-Adly had been charged of killing the protesters; however, the prosecution said that both only provided the weapons and vehicles that were used in attacks against the protesters.
The Criminal Court had previously ordered the acquittal of Mubarak, his sons Gamal and Alaa, and El-Adly, along with six of his aides of charges of killing protesters.
However, on March 2016, the Court of Cassation’s prosecution demanded the reopening of the murder charges case against Mubarak over the 25 January Revolution events.
The Criminal Court said that Mubarak was referred by the General Prosecution to court 60 days after Habib El-Adly and other security chiefs, making the case invalid. Despite so, the Court of Cassation argued that the General Prosecution has the right to refer defendants at any time, adding that the late referral was due to the unstable security situation in Egypt.
Both Mubarak and El-Adly denied issuing orders to kill protesters during the 25 January Revolution in their defence testimony before the Cairo Criminal Court.