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Egypt court orders retrial of Mubarak

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Published on January 16, 2015 with No Comments

Egypt’s high court overturned  the only remaining conviction against Hosni Mubarak and ordered a retrial in his embezzlement case, opening the way for a possible release from jail for the ousted former president.

Mubarak, 86, was sentenced to three years in prison in May for diverting public funds earmarked to renovate presidential palaces and using the money to upgrade family properties. His two sons were given four-year jail terms in the same case.

The man who ruled Egypt for 30 years has been serving his sentence in a military hospital in Cairo.
Now that a retrial has been ordered, speculations are that Mubarak could walk free as no convictions remain against him.  In November, another court dropped charges against Mubarak for conspiring to kill protesters in the 2011 revolt that toppled him from power, and cleared him in two other graft cases. He faces retrial for a third and final time over charges of involvement in the death of demonstrators. The decision to drop the charges in November sparked protests at universities across Egypt and prompted mockery online. At least two people were killed and nine wounded when security forces fired tear gas and birdshot to disperse about 1,000 protesters trying to enter Tahrir Square — the symbolic heart of the uprising that ousted Mubarak.

The Court of Cassation, which ordered the retrial , did not say if Mubarak would be freed on bail pending his retrial in the outstanding cases.

 

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