Hosni Mubarak and a former minister should be executed for their roles in the killing of protesters who joined the rallies that led to the Egyptian ex-president’s ouster in February, the prosecution in their trial said.
Mubarak and Habib el-Adli, who was interior minister, have denied charges of complicity to kill demonstrators. The prosecution asked for the death penalty yesterday during proceedings in Cairo, the official Middle East News Agency said. Six of el-Adli’s aides are also on trial on related charges. At least 846 people died during the 18-day revolt.
“The law foresees the death penalty for premeditated murder,” chief prosecutor Moustafa Soliman said as he wrapped up three days in which the state presented its case, Agence France-Presse reported. The testimony of two of el-Adli’s successors shows it “is not possible” for an interior minister to use force on protesters without advising the head of the state, indicating “Mubarak’s full knowledge about and responsibility” for the killings, MENA cited him as saying.
This week’s sessions coincided with two days of voting in the third round of elections to parliament’s lower house, which Islamists are set to dominate. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, which led in the first two rounds of voting, said early today that its bloc won 35 percent of party-list votes so far announced for the latest phase.
Opposition to Generals
A runoff for the latest round is planned for Jan. 10 and Jan. 11. Opposition is growing to the generals who took over from Mubarak and say they won’t cede power before a new president is elected by the end of June.
The Mubarak trial will resume Jan. 9, when lawyers representing the families of the dead will make presentations, MENA said.
Police confronted peaceful protesters with live rounds and rubber bullets, MENA cited Soliman as telling the court Jan. 4. The prosecution is certain Mubarak, el-Adli and the aides were involved in “inciting, helping and agreeing” on the killing of protesters, including providing police with firearms to fatally shoot some of them to scare the rest, he said.
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