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Court orders retrial of former Egypt dictator Mubarak

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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak inside a cage in a courtroom in Cairo during his 2012 trial.

Former dictator Hosni Mubarak has won an appeal against his conviction for killing protesters during the Arab Spring uprising and will face a retrial.

A court in Cairo accepted an appeal by the ousted president and his former interior minister, Habib al-Adli, who were sentenced to life in prison last year over the 2011 killings.

"The retrial will be based on the same evidence used in the previous trial. No new evidence will be added to the case," Mohamed Abdel Razek, one of Mubarak's lawyers, told Reuters.

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The court has also ordered a retrial of al-Adli's aides.

Mubarak, who is 84 and in poor health, was not in court but supporters there cheered the verdict, Al Jazeera reported.

"Wake up, wake up, Egyptians…Egypt has been sold under the name of religion," shouted one man in Arabic, referring to the country’s new ruler, Islamic Brotherhood figurehead Mohammed Morsi.

Mubarak’s sentencing in June 2012 was cheered by crowds, but later in the year there was dismay that his increasing ill-health could allow him to avoid serving his 25-year sentence in prison.