Egypt: Hosni Mubarak retrial to begin on 13 April

image captionMubarak was sentenced to life in prison last June

Former President Hosni Mubarak will face retrial on 13 April, Egypt's appeal's court has decided.

He faces charges of conspiring to kill protesters during the 2011 revolt that ended his 29-year rule, and corruption.

A retrial was ordered in January after a court accepted his appeal against the life sentence he had been serving since his conviction last June.

Mr Mubarak, 84, is currently in a military hospital. About 850 people were killed in the 2011 crackdown.

News of the retrial came as his successor as president, Mohammed Morsi, met US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was concluding a two-day visit to Egypt.

The two leaders were said to have discussed Egypt's political crisis as well as Syria, Iran and Middle East peace.

Mr Kerry's departure from Cairo had to be delayed because hundreds of Al-Ahly football supporters, known as Ultras, blocked the road to the airport demanding justice over last year's football riot in Port Said in which 74 fans died.

Protesters' anger

The ex-president will face the same charges as before, as will his two sons and a former interior minister, Habib al-Adly.

Mr al-Adly was sentenced to life last year for contributing to the killing of protesters, and for five and 12 years for corruption charges.

Mr Mubarak's sons, Gamal and Alaa, will be retried on corruption charges for which they were acquitted in June, because of the expiry of a statute of limitations.

Mr Mubarak was also found not guilty of corruption.

In addition, six Mubarak aides will also return to the dock, the Mena state news agency reported.

Anger sparked by the acquittal of key security officials over the protesters' deaths was a major factor in demonstrations in the wake of the June 2012 verdicts.

During the 10-month trial, Mubarak appeared in court on a stretcher, amid frequent reports about his ill-health.

He was treated in a military hospital after falling in his prison bathroom in December.

Families of protesters who died in the 2011 crackdown were disappointed that the former president was not convicted of ordering the killings.

There was also been anger among some that he has not faced trial for abuses allegedly committed earlier in his rule.