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Mubarak arrives late for retrial hearing

Ousted president Mubarak arrives hours late for his first retrial session since his release from jail pending further investigation

Ahram Online, Saturday 16 Nov 2013
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Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak arrived hours late for Saturday's hearing in his ongoing retrial.

 

Mubarak, as well as his two sons Gamal and Alaa and interior minister Habib El-Adly, are currently facing retrial for charges of complicity in the killing of over 800 protesters during the January 2011 uprising.

Mubarak and El-Adly both received life sentences in June 2012 for their political responsibility in the killing of peaceful protesters during the January 2011 uprising that led to Mubarak's ouster.

Earlier verdicts were overturned in January 2013 by an appeals court on the grounds of procedural improprieties.

The 85-year-old ousted president was released from prison pending investigation in August 2012 after, a Cairo appeals court accepted an appeal by the former president against a continued detention order he had received, which allowed Mubarak's release from jail.

Following the order, interim Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi placed him under house arrest at a Maadi military hospital based on the powers granted to the PM according to the then-recently implemented emergency law.

In Saturday's session, the court is scheduled to hear the testimony of Mubarak's former prime minister, Ahmed Nazif.

Mubarak also faces charges of squandering public funds together with Business tycoon Hussein Salem by selling natural gas to Israel at below market prices.

Mubarak's first trial began in August 2011.

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