Jan. 9 - Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak is back in court to face prosecutors who are demanding the death penalty. Travis Brecher reports.
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak arrives at a Cairo courthouse on a stretcher. The frail former premier's trial resumes on Monday, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for his role in the killing of protesters during last year's revolution. Some fear the multitude of witnesses, the complexity of charges, and the prosecution's difficulty in obtaining evidence from security services might make it easier for the defence to push for a lighter sentence for Mubarak. But prosecution lawyers believe their case will be successful. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LAWYER OF THE PLAINTIFFS, AWAD MANY, SAYING: "Hosni Mubarak's responsibility [for the deaths] cannot be disclaimed. This responsibility is based on him intentionally giving orders to forcefully disperse protests. I don't imagine that Habib al-Adly, his aides, or anyone else for that matter would have done so on their own without first referring to their seniors, represented at the time by the president, who is responsible for protecting the country, as he had once sworn when he took oath. So even if he hadn't ordered the killing of protesters, he didn't order a stop to the killings." The prosecution is expected to rest its case during Monday's court session. Travis Brecher, Reuters