Mubarak may be executed for ordering demonstrators’ killings

April 15th, 2011 - 5:42 pm ICT by ANI  

Cairo, Apr 15 (ANI): Egypt’s state media has claimed that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, who was arrested in his bed on charges of alleged corruption and abuse of power during his 30-year rule, may be jailed or hanged if found guilty of ordering the killing of demonstrators.

According to Egypt’s state-owned newspaper ‘Al-Ahram’, the head of Cairo’s appeals court, Zakaria Shalash, said that Mubarak might face execution once the trial, which he expects could last at least a year, ends.

Mubarak and his two sons Alaa and Gamal were remanded into 15 days custody this week after prosecutors ordered an investigation into the massive uprising in the country that eventually led to Mubarak’s ouster on February 11, the Herald Sun reports.

The newspaper also said that a corruption panel would begin questioning them next week.

Mubarak’s former interior minister Habib al-Adly, who is on trial for ordering the shootings of anti-regime protesters, had earlier testified that he was ordered to use violence against protesters by the ousted President.

“If proven, he (Mubarak) will receive the same punishment as the person who carried it out and it could reach execution if it is proven that peaceful demonstrators were killed with premeditation,” Adly said.

Mubarak may receive life if shown there was no premeditation in the deaths of the protesters, he added.

Shalash also said that Mubarak might even be sentenced to three to five years if it was proved that violence he ordered maimed protesters.

800 people were killed in the uprising. (ANI)

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