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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is wheeled out of a courtroom after his trial in Cairo in this June 2, 2012 file photo. (Photo via Reuters)

Mubarak appeal accepted

January 13, 2013

An Egyptian court has accepted an appeal by former President Hosni Mubarak, meaning the ousted leader will again be tried. Mubarak was sentenced in June last year to life imprisonment for complicity in civilian deaths.


Judge Ahmed Ali Abdel Rahman on Sunday accepted an appeal filed by deposed leader Hosni Mubarak, meaning the former Egyptian president will probably be tried again for his role in the death of anti-regime protesters during the country's 2011 uprising.

Mubarak was previously convicted for failing to prevent the deaths of more than 800 Egyptians. His Interior Minister at the time, Habib al-Adli, was convicted on the same charges and will also be retried. Many of the civilians died at the hands of Egyptian security forces seeking to quell the uprising that ultimately ousted Mubarak in a little more than a fortnight.

Court grants Mubarak new trial

"The court has ruled to accept the appeal filed by the defendants … and orders a retrial," Judge Abdel Rahman said.

Mubarak stepped down as president on February 11, 2011. The former president, who ruled Egypt for 29 years, was convicted on June 2, 2012, and sentenced to life in prison. The 84-year-old, who has suffered poor health during his incarceration, was the first Arab leader to be tried in his own country.

msh/sej (AP, dpa, Reuters)