Retrial could free jailed Mubarak

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Published: Tuesday 13th January 2015 by The News Editor

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A retrial has been ordered in the corruption case of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons in a move that could pave the way for the former autocrat’s release.

The Egyptian appeals court announced its ruling in a brief session today, carried live on several TV networks.

An earlier verdict sentenced Mubarak to three years imprisonment and his sons, Alaa and Gamal, to four years each, while four other defendants were acquitted. Mubarak’s lawyers appealed against that ruling.

It is the only case keeping Mubarak behind bars. When a new court is assigned to look into the case, it could order Mubarak to be freed pending the trial.

Mubarak has been cleared in the case over the killing of protesters during Egypt’s 2011 uprising.

Published: Tuesday 13th January 2015 by The News Editor

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