Mubarak Back in Prison

Supporters try to block move from military hospital
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2013 12:28 PM CDT
Egypt's deposed President Hosni Mubarak attends a hearing session in his retrial on appeal in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, April 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa, File)

(Newser) – Hundreds of Hosni Mubarak fans last night crowded into the road in front of the military hospital where he had been staying, attempting to block or at least delay his transfer back to prison, Egyptian state news reported today. Chants of "We love you Mubarak!" and "Down, down, with the rule of Muslim Brotherhood!" rang out from the crowd. The former Egyptian ruler is now back behind bars at Tora prison once more, Reuters reports.

The move came following outcry over Mubarak's apparent display of health at a hearing on Saturday. Prosecutors ordered a medical committee to look into his health, then made the decision to send him back to Tora. Mubarak faces a retrial on charges that he failed to prevent the deaths of almost 900 protesters during his ouster. The trial will begin May 11, a court decided yesterday, according to the AP.

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