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Egypt court upholds acquittals of Mubarak allies

CAIRO — Egypt’s highest appeals court on Wednesday upheld the acquittals of 24 loyalists of Hosni Mubarak who were tried for having organized a medieval-style attack in which the ex-president’s supporters attacked antigovernment demonstrators while riding camels and horses, a pivotal moment in the country’s 2011 uprising.

The decision by Judge Hamed Abdullah of the Court of Cassation raised calls for new investigations into the so-called Battle of the Camel on Feb. 2, 2011, in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The attack set off clashes that lasted into the next day and left nearly a dozen dead.

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