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Court accepts Mubarak plea, orders retrial

world Updated: Jan 14, 2013 00:18 IST

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An Egyptian court on Sunday accepted an appeal against the life sentence handed down to former president Hosni Mubarak for his involvement in the deaths of protesters in 2011 and ordered a retrial. Mubarak, his two sons Alaa and Gamal, his former interior minister and top security chiefs will now face a new trial, the court said after a very brief hearing.

The former president was convicted and sentenced to life in June for failing to prevent the killing of around 900 protesters during the uprising that ended his 29-year rule.

Mubarak will not walk free, as he is being held for investigation on other charges. The defendants were not present in the courtroom. The 84-year-old is in a military hospital.