POSTED: Monday, August 19, 2013 - 7:57am
UPDATED: Monday, August 19, 2013 - 12:15pm
(CNN) — A Cairo criminal court acquitted former President Hosni Mubarak of one of the many cases for which he is detained, Egyptian state TV reported Monday.
The case stemmed from accusations of squandering public money allocated for renovating presidential palaces.
Mubarak ruled Egypt for three decades before throngs of protesters successfully demanded his ouster in 2011. Mubarak was convicted in 2012 in the deaths of numerous protesters, but was later granted a retrial.
Egyptians reveled in the hopes of a democratic future after Mubarak. But in two years, the country's first democratically elected leader was overthrown in a coup, and the country is no closer to political stability.