Mubarak still President, says lawyer

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The Independent Online

Hosni Mubarak's lawyer concluded his defence yesterday, arguing that the ousted leader should be acquitted of criminal charges because he is technically still the President of Egypt.

Farid el-Deeb told the court Mr Mubarak should be immune from prosecution because he did not formally resign.

Mr Mubarak, who stepped down a year ago, is charged with his security chief and four police commanders of complicity in the killing of protesters during an uprising a year ago. They could face the death penalty if convicted. He and his two sons also face corruption charges.