Tuesday 12 December 2017

Mubarak granted retrial over uprising killings

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.

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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