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Former Egypt dictator Mubarak faces April re-trial

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo, Egypt to meet with government and opposition leaders as well as business and civil rights leaders while on a nine-day trip overseas. NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin reports.

CAIRO - The re-trial of former Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak, who was deposed in the Arab Spring revolution of 2011, will begin Apr. 13, it was announced Sunday.

Mubarak’s former interior minister and six other former government officials will also face re-trial on the same date, Egypt's Appeals Court said.

The announcement came as Secretary of State John Kerry was due to meet Egypt's new president, Mohamed Morsi, and senior figures in Cairo as part of his first foreign trip.

Some critics say the U.S. is not changing its policy in Egypt, choosing to back Islamists instead of democracy and human rights. NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin reports.

Mubarak, 84, was jailed for life last year for his role in the death of protesters killed by security forces who were trying to thwart the revolution.

Earlier this year, a court granted Mubarak and his co-accused a re-trial.

The former western-backed leader was ousted in February 2011 after three decades in power.

He has been living in a military prison after being taken ill during his first trial. 

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