(CAIRO, Egypt) — Prosecutors in Egypt are seeking the death penalty in the trial for ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. In their closing arguments, lawyers against the former president said Mubarak, as the erstwhile leader of security forces, should be held responsible for the deaths of hundreds of citizens who protested his authority, The New York Times reports.
“He is responsible for what happened and must bear the legal and political responsibility for what happened,” Mustafa Suleiman, the lead prosecutor, said, according to media reports. Suleiman added that one would be “irrational” and “illogical” to believe that Mubarak had no knowledge protesters were targeted by security forces.
Defense attorneys for Mubarak, who is charged with conspiring to kill protesters in an attempt to retain power, are expected to deliver their closing arguments as early as next week. A panel of judges may give their decision before the Jan. 25 anniversary of the protests that forced Mubarak out of office, according to the Times.
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