New Mubarak corruption trial begins
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New Mubarak corruption trial begins

Egypt's ousted president and his 2 sons appear in a Cairo court, facing charges of wasting millions in public funds

Supporters of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hold posters of him as they protest outside the Cairo Police Academy-turned-court in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 (AP/Khalil Hamra)
Supporters of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hold posters of him as they protest outside the Cairo Police Academy-turned-court in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 (AP/Khalil Hamra)

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 a 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.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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