Prosecution Seeks Death Penalty for Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

he prosecutor in the trial of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak is seeking a death sentence for the former president and his security chief for killing protesters, the Associated Press reports.

Egypt's former president Mubarak could face the death penalty in his trial. In Africa, several authoritarian leaders have ruled for decades, and harsh sentences could encourage them to cling to power by any means.

The prosecution in Hosni Mubarak's trial delivered an emotional appeal to the court on Thursday to sentence the fallen Egyptian dictator to hang for the killings of protesters during the revolt that overthrew him.