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Egypt's Mubarak faces new trial over corruption

FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, seated, and his two sons Gamal Mubarak, left, and Alaa Mubarak, right, attend a hearing in a courtroom at the Police Academy, Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Ahmed Omar, File)

CAIRO: Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons are appearing before a Cairo court, facing charges that they wasted millions of dollars in public funds allocated to renovate presidential palaces.

Wednesday's session is the first in the case after months-long pause. The trial initially opened in August, but the court sent it back to the prosecutor general who added four new defendants. The state media says they held management positions in the project.

Last year, the ailing president was sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of failing to stop the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that forced him from office. His sentence was canceled on appeal and he is now facing a retrial.

He appeared in court sitting in a wheelchair next to his sons.

 

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