Egyptian court set to retry Mubarak on mur­der charge

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

An Egyptian ap­peals court will retry for­mer pres­i­dent Hosni Mubarak over the deaths of hun­dreds of pro­test­ers dur­ing the 2011 up­ris­ing, af­ter an­nulling a de­ci­sion to drop mur­der charges against the for­mer strongman.

The Court of Cas­sa­tion on Thurs­day ac­cepted the pros­e­cu­tion’s ap­peal against the dis­missal of the mur­der charge lev­elled at Mubarak, who had ini­tially been sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment.

The court “ac­cepts the pros­e­cu­tion’s ap­peal and has set a ses­sion for Novem­ber 5 to re­view it,” Judge An­war El-Gabry an­nounced.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear if the court would is­sue a new ver­dict then, or if that would be the start date for any re­trial, ac­cord­ing to Mubarak’s de­fence team.

The court also up­held the ac­quital of Mubarak’s seven code­fen­dants — in­clud­ing feared for­mer in­te­rior min­is­ter Habib al-Adly — who had the charges dis­missed last Novem­ber, Adly’s lawyer Es­sam Bastawy told AFP.

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