Mubarak to Be Retried in Deaths of Protesters During Uprising

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will stand trial again over the deaths of protesters during the 2011 uprising that deposed him.

A court last November dropped charges that Mubarak, 87, conspired to kill protesters during the 18-day uprising that ended his three-decade rule. The prosecution’s appeal of that verdict was accepted Thursday, and Egypt’s top appellate court will review the case on Nov. 5, state-run Ahram gate reported.

In a separate case, Mubarak and his two sons were sentenced in May to three years in prison for misusing public funds. That was the only case in which the former autocrat was convicted since he was pushed from power.

The Egyptian judiciary has found itself under fire in recent weeks, amid deadly attacks on judges and charges of bias over the hundreds of death sentences it’s given to supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, which the current government considers a terrorist organization. Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, removed in a military-led overthrow in 2013, was among those given a preliminary death sentence on May 16.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi defended Egypt’s courts in a joint press conference Wednesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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