Proceedings began today (Saturday) in Cairo's Sequestration Court to consider whether to impound the property of 11 former Egyptian leaders, convicted last year on charges of conspiring against President Anwar Sadat.
GV PAN EXT. Sequestration Court building in Cairo.
SV INT. three defendants seated.
SV Fourth defendant seated.
LV Chairman of the Court.
CU Two legal officials (2 shots)
LV & CU Defendants (3 shots)
CU & SV Defendant speaking.
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Background: Proceedings began today (Saturday) in Cairo's Sequestration Court to consider whether to impound the property of 11 former Egyptian leaders, convicted last year on charges of conspiring against President Anwar Sadat.
Only six of the defendants were in court - they included former Vice President Aly Sabry, former Interior Minister Sharawy Gomaa and former Presidential Affairs Minister Sami Sharaf, who were each sentenced in December to life imprisonment with hard labour, after President Sadat had intervened to commute death sentences passed on them.
A notable absentee was the former War Minister, General Mohammad Fawzi, serving a 15-year sentence with hard labour imposed by a military tribunal on similar charges.
The case opened with angry exchanges between prosecuting ??? and defence lawyers, who questioned the right of the state to confis at??? property.
SYNOPSIS: A court in Cairo has begun a trial to decide whether eleven former Egyptian leaders should lose their property after they were convicted of plotting against President Sadat. Former Vice President Aly Sabry, and ex-ministers Sharawy Gomaa and Sami Sharaf were among those sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour in December. President Sadat had earlier commuted their death sentences. Only six defendants were in court - a notable absentee was General Mohammed Fawzi, the former War Minister.
The case opened with angry exchanges between prosecution counsel and the lawyers for the defence. They questioned the right of the Egyptian State to confiscate their clients' property.