INTRODUCTION: In Egypt, lawyers defending the 24 people accused of involvement in the assassination of former President Anwar Sadat have withdrawn from the trial in protest against its conduct.
1. SV & PAN Lawyers seated in room 0.09
2. SV & PAN Statement by Mr. Abdul Halim Ramadan, defence lawyer of Khaled el Estambouli 0.51
3. SCU & SV Cameramen and newspaper at new conference (2 shots) 1.03
4. SV Statement by Abdul Halim Ramadan continues 1.23
(SEQ 2): ABDUL HALIM RAMADAN: "The defence team regards these conditions as negating the rule that the accused are nothing until proven guilty, and the team protests the court's refusal of all its basic demands, including its refusal to admit defence witnesses into court, into the court, as said Salah Abu Ismael, who is Grand Rector and a member of the People's Assembly."
(SEQ 4): ABDUL HALIM RAMADAN: "We wrote to him today, in the palace, and we are waiting, yes, we are waiting to meet him. We are waiting for an interview between all of the lawyers of this case and His Excellency the President."
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Background: CAIRO, EGYPT
INTRODUCTION: In Egypt, lawyers defending the 24 people accused of involvement in the assassination of former President Anwar Sadat have withdrawn from the trial in protest against its conduct. A spokesman said the accused had not received a fair trial, and alleged the court had turned down repeated defence requests to have important defence witnesses called.
SYNOPSIS: The defence lawyers are led Mr. Abdul Halim Ramadan, who told the news conference the restrictions placed on the trial were unconstitutional.
However, the Egyptian Bar Association, has claimed the defence lawyers are launching a campaign to discredit the country's legal system. The news conference was told they would take their case to President Hosni Mubarak.
Source: REUTERS - RACHAD ELKOUSSY