Egypt court accepts appeal against Mubarak murder verdict, orders retrial

Ahram Online , Thursday 4 Jun 2015

The Court of Cassation, Egypt's highest criminal court, accepts to retry Mubarak on charges of unlawfully killing protesters during the 2011 uprising

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak lies on a gurney, next to his son Gamal, second left, in the defendants cage, during a court hearing in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (Photo: AP)

Egypt’s Cassation Court overturned Thursday an earlier court’s decision to drop charges against former president Hosni Mubarak over complicity in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising.

A retrial  the third and final trial on the charges  will take place before the Court of Cassation, the country's highest criminal court and legal authority. Rulings from the court, as stipulated under Egyptian law, are not subject to further appeals.

The court ordered that the retrial of Mubarak open 5 November.

However, the court upheld the acquital of the other defendants in the same case, including ex-interior minister Habib El-Adly and six security aides. This decision is now final and cannot be further appealed.

Mubarak, 87, was initially sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for complicity in the murdering protestors during the 18-day January 2011 revolt that ended his 30-year autocratic rule, but an appeals court overturned the decision and ordered a retrial.

In November 2014, the retrial dropped the case against the ex-president, citing legal flaws, and cleared former interior minister Habib Al-Adly and six security aides.

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