Mubarak retrial on protester deaths to resume in Cairo

Mubarak retrial on protester deaths to resume in Cairo

The retrial of former Egyptian president Hosny Mubarak for alleged complicity in the killing of protesters in a 2011 revolt is to resume in Cairo on Saturday amid tight security, dpa reported.

Some 3,000 security officers were deployed at a makeshift court in the Police Academy on the outskirts of Cairo, local media reported.

Mubarak and his then interior minister, Habib al-Adli, were convicted and given life sentences in June last year. But in January, Egypt's highest court accepted their appeals and ordered a retrial.

The first session of the retrial was held on May 11, less than a month after a presiding judge withdrew from hearing the case, citing "uneasiness."

Mubarak was toppled in February 2011 after an 18-day popular uprising during which more than 840 people were killed, according to an independent fact-finding commission.

The 85-year-old is currently being held at a hospital at Tora prison in southern Cairo.

Al-Adli and six former security chiefs are also to appear for the retrial for alleged involvement in protester killings.

Also standing retrial are Mubarak's sons, Alaa and Gamal, on corruption charges.

Hussein Salem, a business tycoon and an associate of Mubarak, is to be tried in absentia for alleged waste of public money.

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