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Mubarak retrial to start Saturday

Retrial of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak will be aired live on television

Ahram Online, Friday 10 May 2013
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Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak lays on a gurney inside a barred cage in the police academy courthouse in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: AP)
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Former president Hosni Mubarak's retrial will begin on Saturday and be shown live on television after a decision by Judge Mahmoud Kamel El-Rashidi.

El-Rashidi was chosen to preside over the retrial after Judge Mustafa Hassan Abdullah recused himself in April.

Mubarak, who received a life sentence in June 2012 for failing to protect peaceful protesters during Egypt's revolution, was granted a retrial in January due to procedural irregularities in the initial trial.

A court ordered Mubarak's release pending the retrial, where he is accused together with former interior minister Habib El-Adly and six security aides of killing protesters during the revolution, but he is still in detention pending trial in two separate corruption cases.  

A Cairo court on Sunday upheld a 15-day detention order against Mubarak, which he had appealed, in relation to a corruption case brought by the Illicit Gains Authority.

The 84-year-old is also being detained in another corruption case where he is accused of making private use of state funds allocated for renovating presidential palaces.

Mubarak is currently in Tora Prison Hospital after Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdullah ordered his return there from Maadi Military Hospital.

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