CAIRO - The prosecution in the historic trial of former president Hosni Mubarak demanded yesterday that he be executed for ordering the killing of prodemocracy protesters during the revolt that ultimately forced his ouster.
The five-person prosecution team also called for the same sentence - death by hanging - for his security chief and six top police commanders.
On the third and final day of the prosecution’s opening statements, Mohammed Khater, one of the prosecutors, said the only fair sentence for Mubarak and his fellow defendants was death.
Mubarak’s two sons, Gamal and Alaa, also face corruption charges in the same trial as their father, along with fugitive businessman Hussein Salem.
The prosecution is seeking the maximum of 15 years in prison for Mubarak’s sons and Salem.
Mubarak, 83, has pleaded not guilty, as have his fellow defendants.
The historic trial of the ailing fallen autocrat resumed Tuesday after a three-month hiatus when lawyers for the victims unsuccessfully tried to get the head judge, Ahmed Refaat, thrown off the case for alleged bias.
Now, four months into the trial, activists and relatives of slain protesters are growing concerned that the man they hold responsible for the killing of nearly 1,000 people during the winter uprising will be acquitted.
The trial was originally broadcast live until Refaat ordered all transmissions to stop, worried that it could lead to violence. Critics say his decision weakens the transparency of the court proceedings.
The prosecution has struggled with the case and said yesterday that state institutions, most notably the Ministry of Interior, have refused to cooperate.
Prosecutors argued that it is not credible that Mubarak didn’t not know about mass demonstrations in 12 provinces of the country or of the brute force used against demonstrators.
Lawyers involved in the case expect the trial to wrap up by the end of the month.
The hearings will resume Monday and Tuesday.