Mubarak could face execution: Top judge

An estimated 800 people were reported killed in pro-democracy protest, that shook Egypt for more than a fortnight.

Last Updated: Apr 15, 2011, 21:46 PM IST

Cairo: Ousted Egyptian president Hosni
Mubarak may be hanged or jailed for life if found guilty of
ordering the killing of pro-democracy protesters, as he was
shifted to a military hospital pending a transfer to prison,
state media said.

Zakaria Shalash, head of the Cairo`s Appeal`s Court
was quoted by official al-Ahram newspaper as saying that
Mubarak may face execution after a trial, if he is found
guilty of ordering killings of protesters during the January
popular uprising.

An estimated 800 people were reported killed in
pro-democracy protest, that shook Egypt for more than a
fortnight.

The judge said, that such a trial could be last upto a
year.

His comments come as Egypt`s prosecutor general Abdel
Meguid Mahmoud ordered the transfer of the ailing Mubarak from
a civil to a military hospital, until his health allows him to
be transferred to prison.

"Mubarak would be provided with the health care he
needs and security measures suitable for a temporary
prisoner," Mahmoud said.

The chief prosecutor has instructed health official to
keep him informed about the health status of Mubarak, so that
he can be moved to prison once he is fit enough, al-Ahram
reported.

Though state media did not disclose where Mubarak was
being shifted, other media reports said that the former
president is being moved to the military hospital in
Hadayk-al-Quba in capital Cairo.

The toppled Egyptian president and his two sons Alaa
and Gamal have been remanded to 15 days custody this week
after prosecutors launched a probe into violence against
protesters during a 18 day popular uprising that forced
Mubarak out of office and on allegations of corruption and
misuse of authority.

The top Egyptian judge said, the confession of the
former interior minister Habib al-Adly who is also on trial on
charges of ordering shootings of anti-democracy protesters
could make Mubarak an accomplice.

Adly has confessed before a court that he ordered
firing on protesters on the orders of the former president.

"If these charges are proved in the court, he
(Mubarak) could face the same punishment as the person who
carried it out and it cant be anything less than execution,
Salash said.

But he added that the court may take a lenient view if
it was proved that Mubarak did not act in a pre meditated
manner.

PTI