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Egyptian court grants Hosni Mubarak's appeal of his life sentence, orders retrial

FILE - In this June 2, 2012 file photo, Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak lays on a gurney inside a barred cage in the police academy courthouse in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian security official says ousted president Hosni Mubarak has been interrogated over gifts worth millions of Egyptian pounds (hundreds of thousands of US dollars) he allegedly received from the country's top newspaper as a show of loyalty while he was in power. Mubarak is serving a life sentence after being convicted for failing to stop killings of protesters during 2011 uprising. (AP Photo/File)The Associated Press

An Egyptian court has granted Hosni Mubarak's appeal of his life sentence, ordering a retrial of the ousted president.

Mubarak was convicted and sentenced to life in June for failing to prevent the killing of some 900 protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his 29-year rule.

Sunday's verdict, read out by judge Ahmed Ali Abdel-Rahman during a brief hearing, also granted the appeal of Mubarak's security chief Habib el-Adly, who is also serving a life sentence after his conviction on the same charges. He too will be retried.