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Euphoria and outrage in Egypt as Mubarak is cleared

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was today cleared of ordering the killing of protesters during the uprising that ended with his removal from power.

Having served two years of a life sentence, Mr Mubarak was given a retrial where he was today acquitted.

His supporters were delighted but the verdict provoked fury in some quarters.

ITV News Correspondent Gareth Owen reports.

Ousted Mubarak cleared of involvement in killing protesters

An Egyptian court has cleared ousted President Hosni Mubarak of charges related to corruption, and dropped the case against him for his involvement in killing protesters during the 2011 revolt that removed him from power.

Hosni Mubarak waves to supporters inside a cage in a courtroom at the police academy in Cairo, April 2013. Credit: Reuters

Mubarak's interior minister Habib el-Adly and six aides were also cleared of charges related to the killing of protesters in 2011.

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Hosni Mubarak faces embezzlement charges

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been referred to a new trial on charges of embezzling state funds to build and renovate family homes, according to the Associated Press.

Public prosecutor Ahmed el-Bahrawi also referred two of the former president's sons, two government officials and two contractors to stand trial with the ex-leader. No trial date has been set yet.

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Credit: Stringer/AA/ABACAPRESS

Prosecutors accuse Mubarak and his sons of misappropriating 18 million dollars (£11.1 million) between 2002 and 2011 to renovate and build homes and offices in seven different areas in Egypt. The four others are accused of helping embezzle the money.

He was sentenced to life in prison last year for complicity in the killing of protesters during the 2011 revolt against him, but an appeals court ordered a retrial.

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Hosni Mubarak 'flown to hospital'

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was flown from prison to hospital, officials said, after judicial authorities ordered his release from prison.

Exclusive footage shown on a private TV station in Egypt showed the military helicopter that lifted him from prison landing and being met by an ambulance.

He is due to be treated in a hospital in the suburb of Maadi, officials told Reuters.

Hosni Mubarak supporters celebrate prison release

A small group of supporters celebrated the release of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarack. Credit: Reuters

A small group of supporters of former president Hosni Mubarak gathered outside his prison on the outskirts of Cairo to celebrate his release.

An army helicopter transported him to a military hospital in the nearby suburb of Maadi, Reuters reports.

A supporter of former president Hosni Mubarak celebrates outside the prison he was freed from, this afternoon. Credit: Reuters / Youssef Boudlal

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Fate of Mubarak must be decided in 'transparent way'

The fate of Hosni Mubarak must be decided in a "transparent and impartial" way, William Hague said amid fears the former Egyptian president's release from jail could further inflame unrest.

William Hague attended an emergency meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels today. Credit: Press Association

The comments came amid concern the decision of an Egyptian court to order the release on bail of Mubarak - detained since he was ousted by a pro-democracy rising in 2011 - could worsen tensions.

"This is a matter for the Egyptian judicial system but we hope that all the decisions they take, particularly on such a sensitive matter, will be transparent and will be impartial," Mr Hague said.

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