Families of pro - democracy protesters killed during the Egyptian revolution in 2011 have held a protest rally against a recent court decision in favor of ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Members of the country’s April 6 Youth Movement also joined the demonstrators, who gathered outside the Egyptian High Court in the capital Cairo on Wednesday. Shouting anti - government slogans, the protesters called for the dismissal of the country’s prosecutor general and demanded the release of political prisoners. In June 2012, Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of nearly 900 pro - democracy protesters during the country’s revolution in 2011. However, he appealed against the ruling and a retrial was ordered in January citing " procedural failings ". A Cairo appeals court said on Wednesday that the retrial will be held on May 11. Wednesday’s protest came after a court ruled on April 15 that Mubarak’s imprisonment on charges related to the killings can no longer continue as he had spent the maximum temporary detention of two years. However, Mubarak has to remain in custody pending investigation into fraud charges. Many revolutionaries in Egypt believe the former US ally should be sentenced to death over his leading role in the killing of demonstrators. Reports say Mubarak’s interior minister, Habib al - Adly, and six security chiefs would also stand in the dock to face similar charges.