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Thursday 31 July 2014

Mubarak granted retrial over uprising killings

Published 14/01/2013|05:00

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A Cairo appeals court has overturned Hosni Mubarak's life sentence and ordered a retrial of the former Egyptian president for failing to prevent the killing of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising that toppled his regime.

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The ruling put the spotlight back on the highly divisive issue of justice for the former leader.

Mubarak, who is being held in a military hospital, will remain in custody while under investigation in an unrelated case. The 84-year-old was reported last year to have been close to death, but his current state of health is unknown.

A small crowd of Mubarak loyalists in the courtroom erupted with cheers after the ruling was read out. No date has been set for the retrial.

Irish Independent

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