Image: Former President Hosni Mubarak is wheeled into a van after attendinga trial in Cairo Wednesday
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Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is wheeled into a van after attending a trial in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday.
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updated 1/5/2012 8:36:04 AM ET 2012-01-05T13:36:04

The prosecution in the case against Hosni Mubarak on Thursday demanded the death sentence for the former Egyptian president and other defendants including his two sons and the former interior minister.

Mubarak is facing charges of ordering the killing of protesters during the demonstrations which swept him from power last February. The judge adjourned the trial until Jan. 9.

"The prosecution demands the maximum penalty against Mubarak and the rest of the accused which is death by hanging," Mustafa Khater, a member of the prosecution team during a court session.

Earlier Thursday, Mustafa Suleiman, the chief prosecutor, said he held the ousted leader "politically and legally" responsible for the killing of protesters during the 18-day uprising.

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Suleiman also told the court that Mubarak did nothing to stop the killings and that he was aware of them from meetings with aides, regional TV channels and reports by his security agencies.

Live ammunition
He said Mubarak's security chief and co-defendant, Habib el-Adly, authorized the use of live ammunition on orders from Mubarak.

Mubarak, el-Adly, and six police commanders are all accused of complicity in the killing of protesters. Mubarak's sons, Alaa and Gamal, are charged with corruption in the same case.

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"He (Mubarak) can never, as the top official, claim that he did not know what was going on," Suleiman told the court.

"He is responsible for what happened and must bear the legal and political responsibility for what happened," he added.

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Mubarak stepped down on Feb. 11 and the military took over from him.

Suleiman said Mubarak told investigators that he decided to step down after the military refused to intervene to help the security services "immediately and urgently" to contain the protests.

Mubarak called out the army on Jan. 28 — three days into the uprising and on the day when security forces disappeared from the streets in circumstances that have yet to be fully explained.

"He (Mubarak) fully knew what was happening but he did nothing," said Suleiman.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  1. 83-year-old Hosni Mubarak on a hospital bed inside a cage of mesh and iron bars in a Cairo courtroom on Wednesday, Aug. 3, as his historic trial began on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters during the uprising that ousted him. The scene, shown live on Egypt's state TV, was Egyptians' first look at their former president since Feb. 10, the day before his fall when he gave a defiant speech refusing to resign. (Egyptian State TV via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. An Egyptian reacts as he watches a giant screen outside the police academy in Cairo, on Aug. 3, showing ousted President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons Alaa and Gamal, his security chief Habib el-Adly and six top police officers facing trial, on charges they ordered the use of lethal force against protesters during Egypt's 18-day uprising. (Amr Nabil / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Gamal, center left, and Alaa Mubarak, left in white prison uniforms, the two sons of Hosni Mubarak, in a cage of mesh and iron bars in a Cairo courtroom on Aug. 3. (Egyptian State TV via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. An Egyptian protester holds the Egyptian National flag and shouts slogans against the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, outside the police accademy, in Cairo, on Aug. 3. Supporters of Mubarak and his opponents scuffled in the morning outside a makeshift courtroom near Cairo ahead of the start of Mubarak's trial. (Khaled Elfiqi / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A general view inside the Cairo courtroom on Aug. 3. (Egyptian State TV via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. A pro-Mubarak female protester carries a picture of Mubarak during the trial session of Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak outside the Police Military Academy complex in Cairo, on Aug. 3. (Nasser Nasser / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Lawyers of victims of the uprising make their case in the Cairo courtroom on Aug. 3. (Egyptian State TV via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. An Egyptian anti-Mubarak protester flashes a noose during a protest outside the police academy in Cairo on Aug. 3. (Amr Nabil / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Gamal Mubarak leaves the Cairo Criminal Court in the police academy on the outskirt of the capital, on the first day of his trial along with his brother and father, ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and other government officials on murder and corruption trials, on Aug. 3. (- / Egyptian State TV via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Alaa Mubarak leaves the Cairo Criminal Court in the police academy on the outskirt of the capital, on the first day of his trial along with his brother and father, on Aug. 3. (- / Egyptian State TV via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Egyptians loyal to the former president (left to right) strike a foe during the trial of officials from the ousted government outside police academy on Aug. 3. (Khaled Desouki / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. A protester against Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak is stopped by police officers during clashes with pro-Mubarak supporters outside the police academy on Aug. 3 (Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
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