Mubarak's appeal granted

Hosni Mubarak remains in custody and will be re-tried for complicity in the deaths of demonstrators. Picture:AFP
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JOHANNESBURG - An Egyptian court on Sunday granted former President Hosni Mubarak’s appeal against his life sentence over the deaths of protesters who ousted him two years ago.

He will remain in custody and be re-tried for complicity in the deaths of demonstrators and also face corruption charges.

Ex-Interior Minister Habib al-Adly will also face retrial but no date has been set for the new hearing.

The ruling came one day after a prosecutor placed a new detention order on Mubarak over gifts worth millions of Egyptian pounds he and other regime officials allegedly received from Egypt's top newspaper as a show of loyalty while he was in power.

The public funds prosecutor ordered that Mubarak be held for 15 days, pending the completion of the investigation. 

Mubarak, 84, was moved to a Cairo military hospital last month after slipping inside a prison bathroom and injuring himself.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)