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Egypt prosecutor: Mubarak responsible for killings

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CAIRO (AP) — The prosecutor in the Hosni Mubarak trial on Thursday demanded the death penalty for the ousted Egyptian leader on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year’s uprising against his rule.

Mustafa Khater, one of a five-member prosecution team, also asked the judge for the death sentence for Mubarak’s security chief and six top police commanders being tried in the same case.

“Retribution is the solution. Any fair judge must issue a death sentence for these defendants,” said Khater on the third and final day of the prosecution’s opening statement.

Mubarak’s two sons, one-time heir apparent Gamal and Alaa, face corruption charges in the same trial along with their father and a close family friend who is a fugitive.

An 18-day uprising forced Mubarak, 83, to step down on Feb. 11, 2011 after a nearly 30-year rule. The military, led by a general who served as defense minister under Mubarak for 20 years, replaced him in power.