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Egypt's Mubarak back in court over protester deaths

  • Ousted former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is escorted by medical and security personnel into a helicopter ambulance from Maadi Military Hospital, where he is hospitalized, to be taken to the Cairo Police Academy--turned--court, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Mubarak is standing retrial in charges of complicity in the killings of protesters during 2011 Egyptian uprising. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Ousted former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is escorted by medical and security personnel into a helicopter ambulance from Maadi Military Hospital, where he is hospitalized, to be taken to the Cairo Police Academy--turned--court, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Mubarak is standing retrial in charges of complicity in the killings of protesters during 2011 Egyptian uprising. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

  • Policemen watch a helicopter ambulance as it takes off carrying ousted former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from Maadi Military Hospital, where he is hospitalized, to be taken to the Cairo Police Academy--turned--court, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Mubarak is standing retrial on charges of complicity in the killings of protesters during 2011 Egyptian uprising. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Policemen watch a helicopter ambulance as it takes off carrying ousted former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from Maadi Military Hospital, where he is hospitalized, to be taken to the Cairo Police Academy--turned--court, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Mubarak is standing retrial on charges of complicity in the killings of protesters during 2011 Egyptian uprising. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ousted former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is escorted by medical and security personnel into an ambulance at Maadi Military Hospital, where he is hospitalized, after an ambulance helicopter landed from the Cairo Police Academy--turned--court, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Egypt's top appeals court found Mubarak innocent of complicity in the killings of protesters during 2011 Egyptian uprising. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Ousted former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is escorted by medical and security personnel into an ambulance at Maadi Military Hospital, where he is hospitalized, after an ambulance helicopter landed from the Cairo Police Academy--turned--court, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Egypt's top appeals court found Mubarak innocent of complicity in the killings of protesters during 2011 Egyptian uprising. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has returned to a Cairo courtroom for a retrial on charges of killing protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign.

Mubarak, his interior minister and six aides were sentenced to life in prison in 2012, but another court overturned the verdict two years later, citing technical flaws in the prosecution.

The 88-year-old ailing former leader resides in a Cairo military hospital, where he served a three-year sentence in a separate corruption case. No cameras were allowed inside Thursday's hearing.

Hundreds of protesters were killed in clashes with police and Mubarak supporters during the 18-day uprising, part of the Arab Spring protests that swept the region. The military overthrew Mubarak's freely elected successor, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, in 2013.