A mixed ruling in the Hosni Mubarak ruling set off street protests today, and by nightfall, a large crowd of up to 10,000 was back in Cairo's Tahrir Square to vent anger over the acquittals. Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison, but he and his two sons were acquitted of corruption in a verdict that did not satisfy public demands for accountability. Similar protesters were held in other cities, including the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria and Suez on the Red Sea.
"Justice was not served," said Ramadan Ahmed, whose son was killed on Jan. 28, the bloodiest day of last year's uprising. "This is a sham," he said outside the courthouse. Protesters chanted: "A farce a farce, this trial is a farce" and "The people want execution of the murderer." Presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood quickly tried to capitalize on the anger over the acquittals, vowing in a news conference that, if elected, he would retry Mubarak along with former regime officials suspected of involvement in killing protesters.