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Friday 22 September 2017

Hanging plea for Mubarak

Prosecutors have called for Egypt's former longtime leader Hosni Mubarak to be hanged, saying he bears full responsibility for the killing of protesters during the uprising against him.

The demand for the death penalty at the 83-year-old former president's trial played to the widespread resentment of Mubarak among Egyptians who hoped that punishment for his oppressive rule would be fruit of the Arab Spring.

Still, some of the activists who helped topple him are sceptical the sentence would ever be carried out, if he is convicted. A conviction would be followed by an appeal and Egypt's new rulers -- the military -- have the power to veto a death sentence.

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