Many have felt that the sentencing of Mubarak too lenient. Can't argue with the desire of some of the Egyptian public for his death, but in a Democracy, the rule of Law trumps that desire. If the overwhelming demand was to kill Mubarak, then the trial should have been held after a new Governemnt had formed, with that government, and presumably the Courts, passing and sustaining a Law permitting the Death Penalty for crimes against the State. Instead, it proceeded the formation of that Government. The Egyptians Parliament can still pass a new Law, but be careful what one wishes for. Death penalty Laws seldom contract. They usually expand and can be used by a new Government against its citizens. I suspect that if the Islamists, have their way, Laws will take that form, and ultimately will be a very poor fit for a democratic society.
Firebomb thrown during demonstration in northern Israeli town of Umm al Fahm (Haaretz)
from the article: Mubarak's sentence saved his life, but stripped the Egyptians of justice