'Mubarak may be hanged if he ordered rioters' deaths'

Head of Cairo's appeals court says former Egyptian president may face execution if found guilty of charges against him, 'Al-Ahram' reports.

By REUTERS
April 15, 2011 21:59
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Hosni Mubarak

Mubarak 311 Reuters. (photo credit: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah )

 
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Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak may be jailed or hanged if he is found guilty of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters, head of Cairo's appeals court, Zakaria Shalash, said on Friday according to state media.

"If proven, he [Mubarak] will receive the same punishment as a person who carried out the same crime," state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram reported Shalash as saying.

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Egypt's public prosecutor decided earlier on Friday to transfer Mubarak to a military hospital, where he will remain under guard pending interrogation.

A spokesman for the prosecutor's office did not disclose the location of the military hospital, and said Mubarak would be given "appropriate medical care."

But a senior police officer in charge of security at the Sharm el-Sheikh hospital where Mubarak is staying said the former president's health was too unstable to move him anywhere.

Mubarak, ousted by popular protests in February after 30 years in power, had been admitted to hospital in the Red Sea resort city on Tuesday after being questioned by prosecutors over corruption allegations.

A day later, the prosecutor ordered Mubarak detained for 15 days for questioning about accusations that he abused power during his 30-year rule, embezzled funds and had protesters killed.

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