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Mubarak Retrial Delayed as Judge Leaves Case
April 14, 2013

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The retrial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is on hold indefinitely, pending clarification of a number of issues, including who the presiding judge will be.

The prosecution had successfully argued that Judge Mustafa Hassan Abdullah, a Mubarak appointee, might not be as impartial as possible during the trial. Abdullah agreed and referred the case to the Cairo appeals court.

Mubarak was in court for the session. It was the first time he had been seen in public for many weeks. He continues to be kept in a military hospital. At 84, he continues to be in frail health. The delay in the retrial court proceedings has prompted some to question whether he will be alive when the final decision is announced.

Mubarak, who ruled the country for nearly 30 years, is already serving a life sentence for convictions in cases regarding his actions (or lack thereof) in the military's shooting at unarmed civilians in the days leading up to the revolution that resulted in Mubarak's fleeing the government in March 2011. More than 800 protesters in all were killed.

The retrial also involved Habib al-Adli, a former interior minister, and four top advisers. Both sides had appealed the original convictions.

Mubarak was put on detention last week pending an investigation on corruption charges involving allegations that he spent public money on privates residences. His sons, Alaa and Gamal, were also facing a retrial on separate corruption charges. Their retrial was not postponed.

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