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Egypt grants parole to Mubarak, keeps him in custody over other charges


08:37, April 16, 2013

CAIRO, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Cairo Court of Appeals on Monday ordered to grant parole to former President Hosni Mubarak in the case of killing protesters during the 2011 turmoil, and to keep him in custody pending investigations in other cases, state- run MENA news agency reported.

The court decision came as the temporary detention of Mubarak for his involvement in the killing of protesters in the 2011 upheaval has exceeded the two-year maximum term, which ended on April 12 in line with the Egyptian law.

In April, 2011, Mubarak was arrested over alleged accusations of killing protesters and other charges.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment in June, 2012 in the case of killing protesters, but he appealed the court's verdict later. The Court of Cassation accepted the appeal and ordered a retrial for Mubarak and his Interior Minister Habib al-Adly.

On Saturday, the retrial of Mubarak was indefinitely adjourned, as presiding judge Mustafa Hassan Abdullah withdrew from the case and referred it to the Court of Appeals again.

On April 7, Prosecutor-General Talaat Ibrahim Abdullah ordered the extension of Mubarak's detention as interrogations revealed that he had kept public funds allocated for maintenance and other works in the presidential palaces for himself, his wife Suzanne Thabet and his two sons.

Mubarak ruled Egypt for about three decades and was toppled after nationwide protests sweeping the country on Jan. 25, 2011.

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