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Retrial postponed for former Egyptian president

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 01:30

April 13 - Judge steps aside in retrial of ex-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, sparking outrage from prosecutors and protesters. Jessica Gray reports.

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Anger inside a Cairo courtroom. On Saturday, the case against ex-President Hosni Mubarak was aborted after the judge set to preside over the trial withdrew and referred the proceedings to another court. Mubarak, former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli and four top aides are being tried again over the deaths of more than 800 protesters during the popular uprising in 2011. Outside the court, the adjournment sparked ire among anti-Mubarak protesters, while the ex-president's supporters praised his leadership. This woman sees the move as proof Egypt's judiciary is corrupt and does not support human rights. Mubarak and Adli were originally sentenced to life, but won a chance to appeal last year's controversial verdict due to "weak evidence." Now lawyers say the Cairo Court of Appeals will choose another district to oversee the trial. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER, ABDEL MONEM ABDEL MAKSOUD, SAYING: "What's supposed to happen is that documentation will be sent to the president of the Cairo Court of Appeal to determine another district to hold another session for the hearing of this case and I hope it will be a fast session in order to close this file which has taken a very long time." This is the first time Mubarak has been seen in public since he and Adli were convicted in June. Prosecutors accuse the former president of ordering police to fire live rounds to crackdown on protesters.

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Retrial postponed for former Egyptian president

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 01:30