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Egypt's Mubarak Acquitted Over Protester Deaths

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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak lies on a stretcher while being transported ahead of his trial in Cairo, March 2, 2017.

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was found not guilty Thursday in a retrial on charges of killing protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign.

Mubarak, his interior minister and six aides were sentenced to life in prison in 2012, but another court overturned the verdict two years later, citing technical flaws in the prosecution.

The 88-year-old ailing former leader resides in a Cairo military hospital, where he served a three-year sentence in a separate corruption case.

Hundreds of protesters were killed in clashes with police and Mubarak supporters during the 18-day uprising, part of the Arab Spring protests that swept the region. The military overthrew Mubarak's freely elected successor, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, in 2013.

Some information from this report was provided by Associated Press

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