Prosecutors yesterday called for Hosni Mubarak to be hanged, saying he bore full responsibility for the killing of protesters during the uprising against him.
The appeal was made in a courtroom moment unthinkable barely a year ago when the longtime leader held unquestioned power.
Prosecutor Mustafa Khater yesterday gave a passionate speech demanding the death penalty for Mubarak, former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly and four police commanders over the deaths of some 800 protesters during the 18-day uprising.
"We feel the spirits of the martyrs flying over this hall of sacred justice, and those who lost their sight by the bullets of the defendants are stumbling around it to reach the judge and demand fair retribution from those who attacked them," he said.
And chief prosecutor Mustafa Suleiman said: "He (Mubarak) can never, as the top official, claim that he did not know what was going on.
"It is irrational and illogical to assume that he did not know that protesters were being targeted."