Thursday, January 05, 2012

Egypt Prosecutors Demand Death Penalty For Mubarak, Sons

Egyptian prosecutors are now demanding the death penalty for 83-year-old former president Hosni Mubarak, his two sons, former interior minister Habib el-Adly and six senior police officers for their alleged role in the death of Tahrir Square protestors:

"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 a court. "The killing of one person calls for a death penalty so what would the court say in a case where hundreds have been killed."

Khater's speech prompted cheers and claps from some lawyers who shouted: "Death, death ... Allahu Akbar!" {...}

Chief Prosecutor Mustafa Suleiman told the court that, even if Mubarak did not directly order the killing of the protesters, he failed in his constitutional responsibility to protect the people.

There's a good chance they may very well hang the Mubaraks and the other defendents. With the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists set to take over the new parliament, the military tribunal that currently rules Egypt might just find some scapegoasts and some blood highly useful right now, as a diversion if nothing else.

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