Egypt prosecutor to appeal dropping of Mubarak charges

 Egypt`s public prosecutor said Tuesday it would appeal a court ruling that dropped a murder charge against ex-president Hosni Mubarak over the deaths of protesters during the country`s 2011 uprising.

Cairo: Egypt`s public prosecutor said Tuesday it would appeal a court ruling that dropped a murder charge against ex-president Hosni Mubarak over the deaths of protesters during the country`s 2011 uprising.

"The prosecutor general has decided to appeal," it said in a statement, after a Cairo court on Saturday ordered the dropping of murder and corruption charges against Mubarak, who ruled for three decades until being driven from office.

The prosecutor`s office said it decided to appeal as "the ruling was marred by a legal flaw."

Mubarak is serving a three-year sentence in a separate graft case.

Seven of Mubarak`s security commanders, including feared ex-interior minister Habib al-Adly, were acquitted over the deaths on Saturday.

The Court of Cassation, the country`s highest court, can now either confirm Saturday`s ruling or decide to cancel it, in which case it would consider the case itself.

An appeals court had previously overturned an initial life sentence for Mubarak in 2012 on a technicality, ordering the retrial that saw the charges dropped on Saturday.

His lawyer has said the 86-year-old could now see an early release from the military hospital where he is being held, as he has already served two-thirds of his sentence when time held in preliminary detention since his arrest in 2011 is taken into account.

After Saturday`s verdict, more than 1,000 protesters gathered at an entrance to Cairo`s Tahrir Square -- the epicentre of the 2011 revolt -- chanting slogans against the country`s authorities.

Resulting clashes left two people dead and several wounded.

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