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Egypt's deposed longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak turns 87, waves to supporters from hospital

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CAIRO — Egypt's deposed longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak has celebrated his 87th birthday by waving to some 100 supporters gathered outside of a military hospital where he is being held in Cairo.

The crowd gathered Monday held up photos of Mubarak and praised him with slogans of support, days before an expected May 9 verdict in his retrial on corruption charges.

An appeals court overturned the last remaining conviction against Mubarak in January, leaving no other legal reason for detaining the ailing former leader.

The corruption case concerns charges that Mubarak and his two sons embezzled millions of dollars of state funds over the course of a decade. The funds were meant to pay for renovating and maintaining presidential palaces but were instead allegedly spent on upgrading the family's private residences.

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