Mubarak Charged With Killing Protesters
He could get the death penalty
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2011 11:40 AM CDT
In this Nov. 18, 2008 file photo, then Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak speaks after receiving the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in New Delhi, India.   (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

(Newser) – Egypt has ordered Hosni Mubarak to stand trial for the “pre-meditated killing” of protesters, among other charges—and he could face the death penalty. His two sons and a close business associate also face various charges for their alleged abuse of power to amass great wealth, the AP reports. Protesters had planned to hold a major march Friday calling for a public trial, among other reforms.

“Every time the youth threaten to go to Tahrir Square again with a huge number of protesters, I think they make some concessions,” one political scientist tells Reuters. The decision puts to bed speculation that Egypt’s military rulers would spare the 83-year-old the indignity of a trial. Analysts have warned that trying Mubarak will make other Arab leaders more reluctant to step down peacefully. Mubarak is currently in custody in a Red Sea resort hospital, and his sons are in prison.