Russia: Egypt's Mubarak Should Not Face Death Penalty

Russian Foreign Ministry calls on Egyptian justice system to exercise humanitarian principles; closing arguments in Mubarak trial are to continue on Monday.

Deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak should not get the death penalty, commented Russia's Foreign Ministry on its website Saturday.

Mubarak, 83, is on trial in Cairo for allegedly giving orders that led to the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the demonstrations that forced him to step down in February last year.

Hosni Mubarak AP 2.12.2010

"This is a case of an older and clearly very ill politician who prevented more innocent people from becoming victims by his act of stepping down," read the statement.

It called on the Egyptian justice system to exercise humanitarian principles.

"We hope that the verdict - which is naturally an internal Egyptian matter - will meet the highest international standards."

Closing arguments in Mubarak's case are to continue Monday. No date for the announcement of the verdict has been set.