CAIRO - Prosecutors at the trial of Egypt's fallen president Hosni Mubarak on Thursday, January 5, demanded the death penalty for the ousted leader and his two sons.
"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 told the court, Reuters reported.
Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for three decades, was ousted in a popular uprising in February.
He is standing trial over the death of more than 800 people during the 18-day protests against his rule.
The law foresees the death penalty for premeditated murder," Khater told the court.
The prosecution rejected claims that Mubarak was not informed of the seriousness of the situation by his aides.
The president of the republic is responsible for protecting the people, and the question is not simply one of whether he ordered the killing of protesters, but to know why he did not intervene to stop the violence, said chief prosecutor Mustafa Suleiman.
"How could the president of the republic not be aware of the demonstrations that broke out on January 25 in 12 places in several governorates?"
He said two interim ministers that followed Mubarak's feared interior minister Habib Al-Adly had testified that the "interior minister does not have the power to give orders to shoot, and that he cannot take such a decision without consulting with the political leadership."
Mubarak, 83, is in custody in a military hospital on Cairo's outskirts, where he is being treated for a heart condition.
The former strongman's lawyer says he suffers from stomach cancer.
The prosecution also demanded the death penalty for Adly and six officials.
"The prosecution has confirmed that Mubarak, Adly and his aides assisted and incited" the shooting deaths of protesters, the official MENA news agency quoted Suleiman as telling the court on Wednesday.
But Suleiman said the "state apparatus had deliberately refused to cooperate with the prosecution" in the case.
Adel Saeed, a spokesman for Suleiman, said Wednesday the prosecution has evidence that the regime used "thugs" against the protesters, reported CNN.
"The defendants before you in the cage are the actual instigators and are the ones who gave police officers the order to shoot," Suleiman said, according to Saeed.
The prosecution has also called for the death penalty for Mubarak's sons, Alaa and Gamal, who are facing charges of corruption.
Khater demanded the "maximum sentence" or 15 years behind bars for Mubarak's sons.
On Tuesday, chief prosecutor Suleiman described Mubarak as a "tyrannical leader who sought to hand power to his younger son Gamal, who spread corruption in the country and opened the door to his friends and relatives, ruining the country without any accountability.The trial has been postponed until January 9.