The Muslim Brotherhood has reacted to the verdicts of Hosni Mubarak and co-defendants by promising a retrial of the accused should their candidate, Mohamed Mursi, beat Ahmed Shafiq in the presidential run-off on June the 16 and 17.
Mursi told a press conference he would set up a new prosecution team to put forward new evidence against those who “killed revolutionaries, corrupted the state and smuggled the country’s wealth abroad for decades.”
The Muslim Brotherhood blames the acquittal of senior security officials on charges of complicity to murder protesters, who forced Mubarak from power last year, on a shortage of evidence – something it believes is down to a lack of cooperation from security forces still loyal to Mubarak.
The 84-year-old has now been transferred from a military hospital to prison but his lawyers are planning to appeal his conviction.
His sons Alaa and Gamal were cleared of corruption on a technicality but have other charges pending.
In the end Mubarak and former Interior Minister Habib al-Aldi were convicted of complicity to murder not by giving orders to kill but by failing to protect protesters – a vague charge that experts believe could well be overturned on appeal.