Supporters of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak wave by his poster as he was taken by a helicopter ambulance from Maadi Military Hospital to a court in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP/Amr Nabil)
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An Egyptian court dismissed a murder charge against former President Hosni Mubarak over the deaths of protesters during a 2011 uprising Saturday, after a dramatic retrial in which he defended his three-decade rule.Cheers broke out in the courtroom and Mubarak's two sons and co-defendants stooped down to kiss his forehead when the judge read out the verdict, as Mubarak, 86, lay in an upright stretcher inside the caged dock.An appeals court had overturned an initial life sentence for Mubarak in 2012 on a technicality.During the 2011 uprising, hundreds of thousands of protesters rallied daily demanding Mubarak immediately step down.Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab was a senior official in Mubarak's now-dissolved party. Mubarak's former military intelligence chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is now president, having won an election after deposing Morsi last year.Morsi himself is standing trial in several cases, including taking part in jail breaks and violence during the anti-Mubarak revolt.
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