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Egypt's Mubarak and two sons charged over protest deaths

Egypt’s prosecutor general issued a statement today saying the three men would face trial, after demonstrators called for mass protests this Friday to bring Mubarak to court.

Former president of Egypt Hosni Mubarak photographed at the White House in Washington on 1 September 2010.
Former president of Egypt Hosni Mubarak photographed at the White House in Washington on 1 September 2010.
Image: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak/PA Images

FORMER EGYPTIAN president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons are to face prosecution over the deaths of protesters during the uprisings that led to Mubarak’s ousting on 11 February.

Egypt’s prosecutor general released a statement today saying the three will face trial. His statement follows calls for mass protests this Friday to push the authorities to bring Mubarak and his sons Alaa and Gamal to court.

Pro-democracy demonstrators are also calling on the military, which took over in the wake of the Mubarak’s resignation, to end emergency law and introduce greater political reform.

The charges include “intentional murder”, the “attempted killing of some protesters”, wasting public funds and making unlawful personal financial gain.

Political scientist and Mubarak critic Hassan Nafaa told Reuters he believes that every time demonstrators “threaten to go to Tahrir Square”, the authorities grant further concessions.

Mubarak resigned from his post after 18 days of protests. The anti-Mubarak protesters in Cairo had concentrated their efforts on the Tahrir Square area of the city and mounted a huge celebration there after his resignation.

- Additional reporting by the AP

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