Mubarak retrial set for May

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak faces a retrial on 11 May on charges of complicity in the killing of more than 800 demonstrators during the 18-day uprising that ended his three-decade rule in January 2011.

On 18 April, the 84-year-old Mubarak was transferred from the Maadi military hospital to Tora prison, south of Cairo, amid tight security.

His retrial had been scheduled for 13 April but collapsed immediately after the presiding judge Mustafa Hassan Abdullah cited his "unease" over handling the case.

Mubarak’s former interior minister Habib el-Adli and six former security chiefs are also facing a retrial on 11 May for their complicity in the murder and attempted murder of protesters during the 2011 revolution.

Mubarak has complained of ill health since his detention in April 2011, and he has been moved back and forth between the military hospital and the prison since his conviction last June for complicity in the murder of protesters as well as other corruption charges.

Mubarak’s sons Alaa and Gamal are also detained in Tora prison, serving life sentences for various charges of corruption and stock market manipulation, and they too face the courts on 11 May.

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