The Cairo treason trial of former Egyptian Vice-President Aly Sabry and eleven other former ministers moved into secret session today -- with nine of the defendants fighting for their lives.
The Cairo treason trial of former Egyptian Vice-President Aly Sabry and eleven other former ministers moved into secret session today -- with nine of the defendants fighting for their lives. For the prosecutor has demanded the death sentence for the ex-politicians including Sabry, ex-Interior Minister Sharawy Gomaa, ex-Information Minister Mohamed Fayek and six others. The three-man panel of judges has been asked to impose life imprisonment with hard labour on the others.
Yesterday (September 4) was the last day of open trial into which reporters and the public were allowed. The charges were put, and the prosecutor made his opening statement after the judges rejected a defence plea that they were not constitutionally competent to try the accused. The trial was moved into secret after a prosecution plea that the Israeli Government would be "happy" to read about the accused' activities.
SYNOPSIS: The treason trial in Cairo on Saturday -- the last day in which reporters and public were allowed into the courtroom before the trail moved into secret session. The trial, in which ex Egyptian Vice-President Aly Sabry and eleven former ministers are accused of high treason, has been declared secret after a prosecution plea that the Israel Government would be "happy" to read about the accused' activities. This is Aly Sabry who, along with the other accused, has denied the charges of plotting to overthrow President Anwar Sadat.
Former Interior Minister Sharawy Gomaa i??? among the accused, nine of whom are fighting for their lives after the prosecutor demanded the death sentence f??? them during the first two days of public trial in which the charges were laid and the prosecutor made his opening statement.
Former Information Minister Mohamed Fayek is another of the accused, who all put forward a defence plea that the three man panel of judges was constitutionally unfit to try them. The plea was rejected . In his opening statement, the prosecutor said that ex Vice-President Sabry gather around him a group of ministers -- including all the accused -- and plotted to overthrow President Sadat. But the plot was broken up by the President before the coup was ut into effect, he said. PAUSE. The former War Minister, General Mohamed Fawzy, is also accused of high treason and will stand trial before separate military tribunal. Seventy-nine others have also been similarly charged, and have yet to stand trial.