Cairo - The retrial of ousted Egyptian president Hosni
Mubarak on charges of complicity in the killing of demonstrators in the
uprising that ousted him will start on 11 May, a Cairo appeals court said on
A first attempt to hold the retrial collapsed on Saturday
when the presiding judge withdrew from the case and referred it to another
Mustafa Hassan Abdullah had been widely criticised for
acquitting security men accused of attacking protesters in an incident in which
crowds were charged by men riding camels.
Mubarak, 84, who ruled Egypt for almost 30 years before
being toppled by the 18-day popular uprising in 2011, was convicted last June
along with former Interior Minister Habib el-Adli of failing to prevent the
killing of more than 800 demonstrators, rather than actually ordering it.
Mubarak and Adli were sentenced to life imprisonment but
the country's highest appeals court ordered a retrial in January after
accepting appeals from both the defence and prosecution.
This time, the presiding judge will be Mahmoud Kamel
El-Rashidi, a low-profile jurist.
The same court will retry Mubarak's two sons, Alaa and
Gamal on separate charges of financial corruption at the same time, state news
agency Mena reported. Six other top Mubarak aides will also be retried with the
former ruler, Mena said.
On Monday, a judge ordered Mubarak's release on bail on
the charges of complicity in the killing of protesters but he remains in
custody in a military hospital on separate charges of alleged corruption.
The convoluted legal process has highlighted the
difficulty of transitional justice in a country where many of the judges and
security chiefs were appointed during the Mubarak era.