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Egypt Prosecutor Demands Death Sentence For Mubarak

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak lies on a stretcher as he is wheeled into the courtroom in Cairo on January 5.
The prosecution in the case against Hosni Mubarak has demanded the death sentence for the former Egyptian president and other defendants, including his two sons and the former interior minister.

The 83-year-old Mubarak is facing charges of ordering the killing of protesters during the demonstrations, which swept him from power in February.

The judge adjourned the trial until January 9.

"The prosecution demands the maximum penalty against Mubarak and the rest of the accused, which is death by hanging," Mustafa Khater, a member of the prosecution team, said during a court session.

In wrapping up the three-day case, chief prosecutor Mustafa Suleiman said that the "the question is not simply one of whether [Mubarak] ordered the killing of protesters, but to know why he did not intervene to stop the violence."

The trial began on August 3 after months of protests to pressure the military rulers to place Mubarak on trial along with ex-regime officials.

compiled from agency reports