Hosni Mubarak in court, smiling and waving
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Hosni Mubarak retrial: Egyptian judge steps down

The judge presiding over the retrial of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has withdrawn from the case as the trial opened in Cairo.

There were chaotic scenes as Judge Mustafa Hassan Abdullah said he was referring the trial to another court.

Mr Mubarak was convicted in June 2012 of conspiring to kill protesters during the 2011 revolt that ended his rule. He was sentenced to life but a retrial was ordered in January after he appealed against the sentence.

Aleem Maqbool reports from Cairo.

  • 13 Apr 2013
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