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Egypt’s Mubarak Back in Court for Retrial

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak

Cairo – Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was back in court on Saturday for a retrial on charges of complicity in the murder of protesters, reopening a case that has shown the difficulty of transitional justice in post-revolutionary Egypt. Mubarak and his former interior minister, Habib el-Adli, were convicted and sentenced to life in prison last June for failing to stop the killing during the 2011 uprising that swept him from power. But a court ordered a retrial in January after accepting appeals from both the prosecution and the defense.

Each cited different shortcomings with a trial that was criticized for the weak evidence offered by the prosecution. After a three-hour session broadcast live on state television, during which the charges were read and the prosecution made a statement, the proceedings were adjourned. The next hearing was set for June 8.

The prosecution promised to offer new evidence including some taken from the report of a fact-finding committee set up by President Mohamed Mursi in 2012. The findings were not made public as promised by Mursi, but leaks published by Britain’s Guardian newspaper last month alleged the military was involved in torture, killings and forced disappearances during the uprising, which it denied. (Reuters)

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