Egyptian court accepts appeal for ex-President Mubarak over life sentence, orders retrial

Hosni Mubarak.(Reuters / Stringer Egypt)

Hosni Mubarak.(Reuters / Stringer Egypt)

An Egyptian court has granted ousted President Hosni Mubarak the right to appeal against his life sentence for the deaths of protesters. A retrial has also been ordered.

The latest verdict has also granted the appeal to Mubarak’s security chief Habib el-Adly, who is also serving a life sentence after his conviction on the same charges. A retrial is set to take place for him as well.­

The former leader was convicted and sentenced to life behind bars in June for failing to prevent the killing of some 900 protesters during the 2011 uprising, AP reported. He spent nearly a month in hospital having fallen unconscious shortly after his transfer to prison, with state media declaring him clinically dead on arrival. But medical sources said he appeared to have suffered a temporary coma. Since then, there were numerous scares connected with the ex-leader’s health. The last time Mubarak was taken to hospital was in mid-December.