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Egyptian court to rule on Mubarak appeal

Egyptian court to rule on Mubarak appeal
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A court in Egypt is due to rule on whether to release ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

The former leader is appealing against corruption charges, he is also being retried on accusations of complicity in the deaths of protesters during the popular uprising that lead to his downfall in 2011.

Meanwhile, Egyptian authorities are continuing their crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood following the arrest of the movement’s spiritual leader Mohammed Badie.

Police have taken into custody Islamist preacher Safwat Hegazy and Brotherhood spokesperson Murad Ali.

As Egypt counts the cost of the recent bloodshed, European Union foreign ministers are in talks to decide whether to continue its five billion euro aid package.

The EU’s top foreign policy diplomat, Catherine Ashton, has volunteered to return to the country to help mediate a political solution to the chaos.

Saudi Arabia has made it clear that if the US and the wider international community cuts aid to Egypt it will step in and increase its backing of the military-backed interim government.