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Egypt Court Orders Hosni Mubarak Retrial
An Egyptian court has granted ousted former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak an appeal over his life sentence.
The 84-year-old was convicted and jailed for life in June last year for failing to prevent the killing of some 900 protestors during the 2011 uprising that ended his 29-year rule.
He, and his former security chief Habib al Adli, who is also serving a life sentence on the same charges, will be retried.
"The court has ruled to accept the appeal filed by the defendants ... and orders a retrial," Judge Ahmed Ali Abdel Rahman said.
The decision was met with cheers from Murbarak supporters packed inside the courtroom and gatherd outside the building.
Murbarak's two sons, Gamal and Alaa, are in prison while on trial for alleged insider trading and using their influence to buy state land at a fraction of its market price.
The pair were acquitted of corruption charges in the same case as their father - but will be retried after Judge Abdel Rahman accepted an appeal by prosecutors against the not guilty verdicts.
Mubarak, who appeared in the dock on a stretcher during his trial, was moved to a Cairo hospital last month after slipping inside a prison bathroom and injuring himself.
Since he was handed his life sentence his health has deteriorated. The state news agency even reported him clinically dead at one point as he slipped into a coma after suffering a stroke.
He recovered, but was reportedly deeply depressed by the election of the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi as president.
Mohamed Abdel Razek, one of his lawyers, said: "The retrial will be based on the same evidence used in the previous trial. No new evidence will be added to the case."
He added that the new panel of judges could consider Murbarak's health when issuing a verdict.
No dates have been set for any of the retrials.