Egyptian appeals court orders Mubarak retrial

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CAIRO — A Cairo appeals court on Sunday overturned Hosni Mubarak’s life sentence and ordered a retrial of the former Egyptian president for failing to prevent the killing of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising that toppled his regime.

The ruling put the spotlight back on the highly divisive issue of justice for the former leader and his top security officers.

Mubarak, who is currently being held in a military hospital, will remain in custody while under investigation in an unrelated case.

The court did not provide the reasoning for its ruling, but was expected to do so later. No date has been set for the retrial.