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Mubarak in Court for Retrial

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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, seated, and his two sons Gamal Mubarak, left, and Alaa Mubarak, right, Cairo, Egypt, Sept. 14, 2013.

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, seated, and his two sons Gamal Mubarak, left, and Alaa Mubarak, right, Cairo, Egypt, Sept. 14, 2013.

An Egyptian judge has ordered former top security officials to testify in the retrial of deposed President Hosni Mubarak.

The judge made the order during a Saturday hearing for Mubarak, who is on trial for complicity in the killings of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising that led to his resignation.

The judge has summoned a former intelligence chief and several other Mubarak-era security directors to testify in proceedings that will begin on October 19. The judge also ordered a media blackout, citing security concerns.

Mubarak wore sunglasses and was brought into the courtroom in a wheelchair on Saturday.

It was the second court appearance for the ailing 85-year-old former leader since he was released from prison in August. He was placed under house arrest at a military hospital near Cairo.

Mubarak was convicted and sentenced to life in prison last year, but a higher court ordered a retrial on appeal.

A small group of Mubarak supporters gathered outside of the courthouse on Saturday. Some chanted slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.
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