Egypt؛s general prosecutor Hisham Barakat (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Egypt's prosecutor-general, Hisham Barakat, will appeal the acquittal verdict issued early Saturday given to former president Hosni Mubarak on charges of responsibility for killing protesters.
Former interior minister Habib El-Adly and a number of security officials were also acquitted of the charges in the case, and Mubarak’s two sons Alaa and Gamal Mubarak were acquitted of corruption charges.
The prosecutor-general has ordered an integrated study by prepared on the legal reasons behind the verdicts.
The defendants were initially convicted in June 2012, but the guilty verdict was overturned on appeal and a retrial began in April 2013.
The 86-year-old former president, who ruled for 30 years, has spent much of his detention at a military hospital on the southern outskirts of Cairo.
Despite being acquitted on Saturday, Mubarak and his two sons are still facing separate three-year prison terms for embezzlement of public funds.
El-Adly will also remain in jail. In May 2011, he was convicted of money laundering and profiteering, for which he is now serving a seven-year sentence.