Egypt court accepts Mubarak appeal

An Egyptian court has accepted an appeal by former President Hosni Mubarak over his life sentence for his involvement in the death of hundreds of people during the 2011 revolution, ordering a retrial.

The Court of Cassation granted ousted Egyptian leader an appeal over his life sentence on Sunday.

On June 2, Mubarak was found responsible for the deaths of some 900 pro-democracy protesters killed by regime forces seeking to suppress the revolutionary move and sentenced to life in prison.

“The court has ruled to accept the appeal filed by the defendants … and orders a retrial,” said Judge Ahmed Ali Abdel Rahman after a brief hearing.

On December 27, Mubarak was transferred from prison to a military hospital after breaking his ribs in a fall in prison in mid-December.

“The retrial will be based on the same evidence used in the previous trial. No new evidence will be added to the case,” said Mubarak’s lawyer, Mohamed Abdel Razek.

Razek also said that the new panel of judges could also consider the health condition of the 84-year-old ousted leader while giving a verdict.

The court also ordered a new retrial for Mubarak’s sons Alaa and Gamal, former interior minister Habib al-Adli and his top security chiefs.

Egyptians launched a revolution against Mubarak’s pro-Israeli regime in January 2011, which eventually brought an end to his 30-year-long dictatorship in February that year.

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