The retrial date of the case involving former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak has been rescheduled for April 13.
According to state news agency Mena quoting a senior judge on Sunday, the Appeal’s Court has ruled that the date for the hearing was being planned for April as Mubarak’s appeal against his life sentence for allegedly conspiring to kill demonstrators in the 2011 unrest which overthrew him was granted by Egyptian judges.
He was sentenced to life and has been serving the sentence since his conviction in June last year although he has been admitted to a military hospital over his ailing health. Throughout the trial, Mr. Mubarak had appeared in court confined to a stretcher after a fall.
The 84 year old who had spent 30 years as president of Egypt is on trial for allegedly ordering the killing of hundreds of protesters as part of a government crackdown on demonstrators who were demanding his resignation in the course of the Arab Spring in 2011.
Meanwhile his sons Gamal and Alaa, will also be retried for corruption despite their acquittal of the charge in June thanks to the expiry of a statute of limitations.
Six other officials of his erstwhile regime are also expected to be submitted for trial for corruption for which Mr Mubarak was not found culpable.
There has been widespread anger in Egypt over the acquittal of Mubarak’s aides for ordering the deaths of protesters, sparking fresh demonstrations across the country after the June 2012 ruling absolved him of the crime.
Relative of those killed have made persistent calls for Mubarak to be convicted for mass murder.
Since his overthrow in 2011, Egypt has been plunged into political chaos despite the holding of successful presidential elections won by the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi last year.
Source African Press Agency
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