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Egyptian Church spokesman argues against death penalty for Mubarak

Catholic World News - January 20, 2012

A spokesman for the Catholic Church in Egypt has argued against the imposition of the death penalty for former President Hosni Mubarak.

Mubarak, who was deposed last year, is being held responsible for the deaths of 850 people during the “Arab Spring” demonstrations of January 2011. But Father Rafik Greiche said that the Church “is against the death penalty for any individual.”

Mubarak’s lawyer has argued that the former Egyptian leader cannot be convicted for the massacres of January 28, since he had already ceded is power to the country’s military leaders and was not in a position to give the order to fire into the crowd.

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