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Mubarak’s retrial set for May 11

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A retrial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak over his role in the deaths of protesters in 2011 is to open on May 11, judicial sources told AFP on Wednesday.

The retrial was meant to begin on April 13, but Judge Mostafa Hassan Abdallah recused himself in an opening session that lasted just seconds and sent the case to the Court of Appeal to choose a new circuit.

Mubarak, 84, has spent the maximum legal time of two years in detention since being charged with former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli for their involvement in the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that overthrew him.

Mubarak and Adli were sentenced to life terms at their first trial in June, but the highest appeal court ordered a retrial after accepting appeals from the defense and prosecution.

Meanwhile, the country's public prosecution ordered on Wednesday the transfer of Mubarak back to Tora prison, privately-owned daily Youm 7 reported.

Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for almost 30 years before being toppled by 18 days of unrest, is also facing an investigation over financial corruption charges, Egyptian media has reported.