CAIRO — An Egyptian court Sunday ordered a retrial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, granting an appeal of the former autocrat’s life sentence for failing to prevent the killing of more than 900 protesters during the 2011 uprising that forced him from power.
The court also overturned convictions for former interior minister Habib al-Adli and six other Mubarak-era security officials who stood trial alongside him last year. The latter six were acquitted, but all will be retried.
The ruling is unlikely to spark a public outcry. None of the defendants will go free, because of other pending cases. And both the defense and the prosecution had appealed the sentences.
Many Egyptians have complained that Mubarak’s trial was deeply flawed, marred by political loyalties in the court and an inept prosecution. Some activists hailed the retrial order as a small victory.
“The court’s ruling is a resuscitation of the revolution,” said Mohamed Adel, a leader of the 6th of April youth movement and a key organizer of the 2011 protests.