Egyptian court orders Hosni Mubarak retrial

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An Egyptian court accepted an appeal by ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his former interior minister Habib el-Adly, allowing them to be retried over the killings of protesters in the 2011 uprising.

No date has been set for the start of their retrial. The defendants will remain in jail because they still must face separate trials.

Mubarak and el-Adly were sentenced to life in prison in June last year in a court ruling that held them responsible for the deaths of protesters killed by security forces.

Judge Ahmed Ali Abdelrahman told the court on Sunday he had accepted the appeals by Mubarak, el-Adly and the prosecution. The decision cancelled all previous rulings by the Cairo criminal court.

If convicted in the re-trial, Mubarak could face a life sentence or have it reduced. Under Egyptian law, a defendant cannot face a harsher sentence in a retrial, meaning the former leader cannot face the death penalty.

Source: Al Jazeera, Jan. 14, 2013, http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/01/2013113904122538.html

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