January 9th, 2012
04:39 AM ET

Civil rights lawyers demand death sentence for Mubarak

Civil rights lawyers demanded the death penalty for former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Monday, joining prosecutor's calls for him to be executed.

"We merged our voice with the prosecutor's closing arguments from last week's hearing and demanded the death sentence to Mubarak, his former interior minister Habib El Adly, and four of his aides for killing hundreds of protesters and injuring thousands more," attorney Khalid Abu Bakr told CNN. "We have proof Mubarak is directly responsible for the killings along with El Adly and his aides."

The judge, Ahmed Refaat, has set aside Monday and Tuesday to hear from at least 10 civil rights lawyers. The defense is expected to make its closing arguments later in the week.

"The judge will then decide on a day to announce the final verdict," said Adel Saeed, the official spokesman of the General Prosecutor's office. "If he is fast, we may see a verdict before January 25th" - the day the Egyptian uprising began last year.

Last week, the Russian foreign ministry issued a statement, expressing its "deep concern" over the prosecutor's request for a death sentence to Mubarak and calling on Egypt to consider Mubarak's old age and poor health. Germany and France also issued statements of "concern."

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Well, if somebody gave me a death sentence at my present age of 73, they wouldn't be getting as much as if they electrocuted me when I was 21.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I meant, "...as if they had electrocuted..."

    January 9, 2012 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bill

    I am not a proponent of the death sentence. Cage him and leave him be. That is punishment.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    If they wait til Jan 25th he might be dead by then.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I respectfully disagree with Bill regarding the death penalty.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. William

    How ironic . Texas was going to put to death a barbarian gang member who was part of a group that brutalize, beat and r@ ped and killed two innocent teenage girls. Govenor Perry got pressure from human rights groups as well as the Obama administration to spare his life. Now a man is about to be murdered for no reason by Iran. Where are the human rights groups? Where is Obama now?

    January 9, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. TORI©

    Isn't this old news?I know a rhetorical question.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |