The Egyptian Court of Appeals on Sunday nullified the verdict handed down against former President Hosni Mubarak, who was sentenced to life in prison for the deaths of hundreds of demonstrators during the revolution, and it ordered a retrial.

The court also ruled that a new trial must be held for former Interior Minister Habib al Adli and six of his ex-advisers for that same crime, a judicial official told Efe.

The court also accepted the appeals filed by Mubarak and Al Adli, as well as that of the Attorney General's Office, against the sentence of life behind bars for his involvement in the deaths of the demonstrators, the judicial official said.

The former president's defense team says that the court that handed down the sentence against him on June 2, 2012, did not have sufficient evidence to convict him. And the AG's office appealed the ruling - said the source - on the basis that Mubarak and Al Adli should have been punished with the death penalty.

A new trial will be held in criminal court and the accused will remain in prison, except for two former assistants to Al Adli who are free, the official Mena news agency reported.

The 84-year-old Mubarak was admitted to the Maadi Military Hospital in Cairo on Dec. 27 - and has been treated there ever since - for the injuries he suffered when he fell in the bathroom at the health center at Tora prison, where he is serving his life sentence. EFE