CAIRO (AFP) – President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said Egypt will never return to the past and is charting a new future, after a court dismissed murder charges against former leader Hosni Mubarak.
A Cairo court on Saturday dropped the charges over the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended three decades of autocratic Mubarak rule.
Seven of his security commanders, including feared former interior minister Habib al-Adly, were also acquitted over the deaths of some of the roughly 800 people killed during the revolt.
Corruption charges against Mubarak’s sons Alaa and Gamal were also dropped.
In a statement issued late on Sunday, Sisi said “the new Egypt, which emerged from the January 25 and June 30 revolutions, is on a path to establish a modern democratic state based on justice, freedom, equality and a renunciation of corruption”.
“It is on an aspirational path to the future and can never go back to the past.”
Sisi said he had instructed Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab to review the provisions for compensation for the families of “martyrs and those wounded in the revolution”.
After Saturday’s verdict, Sisi said he had also asked the legal reform committee to examine amendments to the code of criminal procedure, as recommended by the court.