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Mubarak 'deserves death penalty'

The chief prosecutor in the trial of ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak has said that the former president should be given the death penalty.

In his closing remarks, Mustafa Suleiman alleged Mubarak clearly authorised use of live ammunition and a shoot-to-kill policy against peaceful protesters. More than 800 were killed in the crackdown from January 25 to February 11, 2011.

For this, the lawyer said Mubarak and five co-defendants, including his long-time interior minister Habib al-Adly, should receive the maximum sentence.

The defence team of the former president, who ruled Egypt for nearly 30 years, is expected to present its closing arguments later this week.

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