A court in Egypt has dropped all charges against former president Hosni Mubarak relating to the deaths of protesters during the 2011 uprising that unseated him.

Mubarak had been convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for 'inciting, arranging and assisting to kill peaceful protesters.'

But the verdict was overturned on a technicality, on appeal.

The political landscape and reality in Egypt has changed dramatically since Mubarak's trial began, with the promise of the revolution never realised, as the military seized control in a coup over the country's first freely-elected government.

Four years after the uprising that toppled the longtime leader, what message is the verdict sending?

Presenter: Jane Dutton

Guests:

Zakaryya Abdel-Hady, associate professor of Islamic Thought and Culture at Qatar University.

Hassan Nafaa, professor of political science at the University of Cairo.

Omar Ashour, senior lecturer in Middle East Politics and Security Studies at the University of Exeter in London.

Source: Al Jazeera