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Egypt's Mubarak to have retrial, supporters rejoice


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Egypt's Mubarak to have retrial, supporters rejoice

The Egyptian courts have accepted former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s appeal over his life sentence and ordered a retrial.

He was ousted from power following a revolution in Egypt in 2011.

Mubarak and his former Interior Minister were jailed over the deaths of anti-government protesters.

Judge Ahmed Ali Abdel Rahman said:

“The court has ruled to accept the appeal filed by defendants Hosni Mubarak and Habib Ibrahim el Adli and orders a retrial.”

There was a rapturous response from supporters, with one saying:

“This is a fair and correct verdict and thank God for that. Viva justice and congratulations to Mubarak.”

The retrial will be conducted by a different panel of judges, but will be based on the same evidence used in the previous trial.

But the 84-year-old’s ailing health may be taken into account, according one of his lawyers.

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