In Cairo on Monday (25 October), the prosecution demanded the death sentence for Egypt's former War Minister, General Mohamed Fawzy, for alleged high treason against President Anwar Sadat.
LV INT Judges walk to their seats
CU Fawzy in the dock
CU Chief judge speaks in Arabic
CU Fawzy at microphone speaks and sits down
CU PAN FROM Prosecutor speaks to judges listening
SCU Fawzy at microphone speaks and sits down
SV Judges listen to tape recording of telephone conversation between Aly Sabry & Sharawy Gomaa.
CU Fawzy listens to tape
CU Tape recorder
CU ZOOM OUT Defence counsel addresses judges
CU Fawzy in dock
SV Judges leave court room.
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Background: In Cairo on Monday (25 October), the prosecution demanded the death sentence for Egypt's former War Minister, General Mohamed Fawzy, for alleged high treason against President Anwar Sadat.
General Fawzy, 56, appeared before a three-man military tribunal accused of lending Army support to an attempt last May for former Vice-President Aly Sabry to topple President Sadat.
Mr. Sabry and 89 other civilian defendants have already been tried at a two-month-long hearing, and they await the verdict on 9 December.
Following today's proceedings, the court adjourned until I November. Further hearings will be behind closed doors.
SYNOPSIS: A special three-man military tribunal, in Cairo on Monday, began hearing the case involving former War Minister General Mohamed Fawzy--on trial for alleged high treason against President Anwar Sadat. The tribunal of top-ranking military officers was presided over by the Deputy War minister, Major General Abdel Khader Hassan.
General Fawzy stood quietly in the dock, as charges against him were read out in court. He is accused of lending army support to an attempt, last May, for former Vice-President Aly Sabry to topple President Sadat, and take over the Egyptian leadership himself. The former War Minister answered with a simple "not guilty" to the charges read out against him.
The Prosecutor General Dr. Mustafa Abou Zeid, told the tribunal that General Fawzy had tried to stage a military coup d'etat, in support of former Vice-President Sabry, who has already been tried and awaits the verdict. The prosecutor said General Fawzy's crime demanded the death penalty.
The prosecution continued to outline the case against General Fawzy, with the aid of tape-recordings of telephone conversations. In the tape-recordings, General Fawzy was named by Mr. Sabre and the former Interior Minister, Sharawy Gomaa, another of the total of ninety-one defendants involved in the treason case. Defence counsel objected to the playing of the tape-recordings.
The defence also requested permission to call present War Minister, General Mohamed Ahmad Sadek, and other top-ranking officials. The military tribunal said that the defence must first establish that this testimony was necessary from a legal point of view. At the conclusion of Monday's proceedings, the court was adjourned until the first of November. Further hearings will be behind closed doors.