Saturday, April 30, 2011

'Mubarak could face death penalty'

Egypt's former dictator Hosni Mubarak

Source: Press TV

Egypt's former dictator Hosni Mubarak could face the death penalty if found guilty of killing anti-regime protesters during the revolution, the country's justice minister says.

"Certainly, if convicted for the crime of killing protesters, it could result in the death sentence,'' Justice Minister Abdel Aziz al-Gindi told the daily Al-Ahram on Saturday.

The Justice Ministry is looking into the suspicious deaths of more than 800 people.

The state is looking to prove that Mubarak was an accomplice ordering the use of violence against protesters.

"The only one capable of pardoning Mubarak ... would be the new president,'' al-Gindi noted.

“If I were the president, I will not pardon him for killing 800 martyrs.''

The 82-year-old Mubarak is currently in police custody in an Egyptian hospital. He is reportedly suffering from repeated heart attacks which occurred during interrogation.

Mubarak's sons were also taken into custody over accusations of corruption and abuse of authority.

During his trial, Mubarak's former interior minister, Habib al-Adly has testified that the former president ordered him to use violence against protesters.

At least 846 people were killed during the uprising in the country which led to the eventual fall of Mubarak in February.

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