6 Jan 2012

Death penalty demanded for Mubarak

5:39 am on 6 January 2012

Prosecutors in the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak have demanded that he be given the death penalty.

Mr Mubarak is on trial in Cairo, accused of ordering the killing of protesters during unrest which led to his overthrow last February.

The demand also applies to the former interior minister and six other former security chiefs who are also on trial.

Mr Mubarak's two sons are also on trial corruption charges.

The BBC reports that given the severity of the charges, seeking the death penalty was always a possibility. However, whether Mr Mubarak will be executed or even convicted is another question entirely.

The trial is now adjourned to 9 January.