Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his sons will stand trial for the killing of protesters by state security forces during the unrest in February that deposed him for power, according to Egyptian media.

Egypt's Prosecutor-General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud issued an order that Mubarak, his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, as well as another businessman be referred to a criminal court on charges of ordering the deadly crackdown on anti-government protesters.

They will also face charges of corruption, abuse of power, graft and influence peddling.

Hosni Mubarak, who is already under preventive detention, has been staying at a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh since last April. His sons, Alaa and Gamal, are already in jail in Cairo.

The judge has not set a trial date yet.