The brother of the late Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, appeared in the Cairo Supreme Court on December 18, accused of wholesale fraud and corruption.
GV EXTERIOR Courthouse in Cairo.
SV INTERIOR Defendants in court.
SV Judge listening to prosecutor talking. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Spectators in court.
SV Defendants PAN TO police guards. (3 SHOTS)
SV PAN Judge and defendants; PAN GVs courtroom. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: The brother of the late Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, appeared in the Cairo Supreme Court on December 18, accused of wholesale fraud and corruption. Ismat Sadat faced a crowded courtroom during the opening stages of what has been billed as a trial designed to expose the corruption alleged to have flourished under President Sadat. Charged alongside him were two of his sons, Galal and Talaat. The prosecution has demanded a year's jail for all three, and confiscation of the property of 10 other family members. Ismat Sadat told the court the charges were false, and were aimed at blackening the former president's name. He also accused the prosecution of withholding from his lawyers vital documents setting out evidence. The 24-count indictment included charges of influence-peddling, dealing in the black market, importing contaminated foodstuffs, and selling non-existent dwellings. The eight judges agreed for the case to be adjourned until January 9 so the defence could study the evidence more closely. The judges turned down defence pleas for Mr. Sadat and his two sons to be released from detention in which they have been held since October.