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Mubarak Retrial Set to Begin in May

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0  Updated at 2:48 pm, April 17th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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Maher Iskandar/AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) — Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his sons will face a retrial for roles in civilian deaths on May 11.

State-run media reported that former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly, along with several Mubarak aides, will also be re-tried.  Mubarak and al-Adly were found guilty and sentenced to life in prison after the deaths of hundreds of protestors during the Arab Spring of 2011.

Meanwhile, a judge decided that Mubarak was fit to be discharged from a military hospital, and to re-enter the prison system.

The news angered allies of the 84 year-old ex-president.  Noisy demonstrations began, and Mubarak supporters blocked the road leading to the hospital, forcing a delay in the transfer.

Numerous contradictory court decisions over the former leader’s future have stirred controversy in Cairo.  A judge overturned his conviction last year, sparking large demonstrations. A retrial had been scheduled for last week, but the judge recused himself.

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