A court convened in Baghdad has convicted Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on a charge of high treason brought by the Arab's People's Congress.
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Background: A court convened in Baghdad has convicted Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on a charge of high treason brought by the Arab's People's Congress. Mr. Sadat, who was not present, was also stripped of his Arab nationality for his peace mission to Jerusalem and for having signed agreement with Israel.
SYNOPSIS: This was the second hearing of the propaganda trial. The first began on August the first, when the prosecution read an indictment of more than six thousand words charging him with high treason. It called for him to lose both his Egyptian nationality and his wealth. An adjournment was granted at the request of an Iraqi lawyer appointed by the court to represent President Sadat. This lawyer said later the court need not listen to his case.
Defence counsel said the evidence was so clear there was no need to get in touch with Mr. Sadat. The prosecution alleged that President Sadat had violated the Arab League Charter and the Islamic Summit resolutions by calling for Jerusalem to be under international Arabs. The court regarded the signing of the Camp David accords as a crime in itself. The court called its decision a "moral sentence", but said the Egyptian people themselves should enforce sentence against President Sadat.