Egypt high court upholds acquittal of Mubarak loyalists blamed for 'Battle of the Camel'

Egypt's highest appeals court has upheld the acquittal of 24 loyalists of ousted President Hosni Mubarak tried for organizing the 'Battle of the Camel,' an attack on protesters that was a pivotal moment in the country's 2011 uprising.

Judge Hamed Abdullah's decision Wednesday against the prosecution's appeal raises calls for new investigations into the Feb. 2, 2011 assault, in which pro-Mubarak supporters charged into a sit-in in Cairo's Tahrir Square on camels and horses, setting off clashes that lasted into the next day and left nearly a dozen dead.

Judges argued witnesses were unreliable and evidence against the defendants, some of the biggest names in the Mubarak regime, was weak, a common explanation in the trials of officials held responsible for the killing of over 800 protesters during the uprising.