Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for 30 years, could be given the death penalty if convicted of ordering the killing of anti-government protesters during the massive popular uprising that led to his ouster from power.

“Certainly, if convicted for killing protesters, it could result in the death sentence,” Egypt's new Justice Minister Mohammed el-Guindi told Al-Ahram on Saturday.

The minister also said allegations of corruption have been raised against Mubarak, his two sons and wife.