Mixed reactions follow court’s decision of Mubarak

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Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak (R) and his son Gamal sit behind bars during a court hearing on November 29, 2014 in the capital Cairo. The court acquitted all seven security commanders charged with murder alongside ousted president Hosni Mubarak over the deaths of protesters during a 2011 uprising. AFP PHOTO / STR

In Egypt, thousands supporters of the ousted leader Hosni Mubarak cheered, after a court’s decision to drop criminal charges against him. While mass rallies erupted at various university campuses, and at least two protesters were killed in rioting. CCTV America’s Adel El Mahrouky reported from Cairo, Egypt.

Mixed reactions follow court's decision of Mubarak

In Egypt, thousands supporters of the ousted leader Hosni Mubarak cheered, after a court’s decision to drop criminal charges against him. While mass rallies erupted at various university campuses, and at least two protesters were killed in rioting. CCTV America's Adel El Mahrouky reported from Cairo, Egypt.

While judges admitted protesters were killed during the uprising, they ruled it wasn’t by Mubarak’s order.

“We have created sheets that include all the names of the dead and injured, so we can say exactly who died and when. We know that 239 were killed in 11  governorship during the period of the charges. There were others who got injured on Jan. 28 and died of their wounds later than Jan. 31, so they are not included in this case,” said the judge Mahmoud Al Rashidy.

But for the families of slain protesters, the verdict was the ultimate betrayal.

The anger the victims’ families had towards the verdict was met with happiness from Mubarak’s supporters. They celebrated momentarily, and they were planning a big celebration.

But over the iconic Tahrir Square, angry youth activists gathered near it.

“I came alone without coordinating with any one. I’m angry. I don’t think I’ll be able to live in this country anymore. We wanted change in Jan. 25,” said protester Ahmed Samir. “As for Mubarak, it was easy for us to bring him from the palace during the revolution and kill him like Kaddafi. But we thought it’s better to continue the peaceful rallies and put him to justice, but it seems we were wrong.”

The prosecution had very little time to lodge an appeal, but that may prove difficult. With 1,400 pages of document to go through on the judgment, Mubarak wouldn’t be released from prison, as he has one more case of corruption to face.