Former Egyptian leftist Vice-President Aly Sabry was among four former leaders sentenced in Cairo on Thursday (9 December) to life imprisonment with hard labour for their parts in a bid to topple President Anwar Sadat.
GV Judges taking seats
SV Accused men
CU Judge speaking
BV & SV Accused men rising as names called
SV Sentenced man shouting as he leaves courtroom
SV More accused men entering court
SV Judges seated
CU Men being sentenced (2 shots)
SV Man forcibly removed from court
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SV Ali Sabry being sentenced and away (2 shots)
SCU Gomaa being sentenced and away
SV Fawzi taking place in court
SV Military judges taking seats
CU Fawzi awaiting sentence
CU Judge announcing sentence and Fawzi listening
SCU Fawzi led away
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Background: Former Egyptian leftist Vice-President Aly Sabry was among four former leaders sentenced in Cairo on Thursday (9 December) to life imprisonment with hard labour for their parts in a bid to topple President Anwar Sadat.
Sabry, 51, was convicted of masterminding an abortive plot last May to take over the Presidency with army backing. The others given life with labour sentences were former Interior Minister Sharawy Gomaa, former Presidential advisor Samy Sharaf, and Farid Abdel Kerim, the one-time head of the Arab Socialist Union, Egypt's only political movement, in Cairo's Giza district.
The four had originally been condemned to death, but had been reprieved on the personal orders of President Sadat.
A separate military tribunal, meanwhile, sent retired General Mohamed Fawzi, former War Minister and Commander in Chief of the armed forces, to prison for 15 years with hard labour in connection with the plot. His sentence had been commuted from life imprisonment by President Sadat.
A total of 91 accused appeared on Thursday charged with various roles in the abortive coup. Of them, 14 were acquitted and 67 received sentences of five years or less.
SYNOPSIS: A total of 91 accused men appeared for sentencing in Cairo on Thursday charged with various roles in the unsuccessful attempt last May to overthrow Egypt's President Anwar Sadat. Fourteen of them were acquitted, and 67 received sentences of five years in prison or less.
Newsmen in the courtroom were able to record various reactions to the sentences.
The accused men were brought into the courtroom in batches of twelve and were individually sentenced according to their parts in the abortive coup. Observers in Cairo expressed little surprise at the sentences, and -- for the most part -- there was little reaction from the accused although a few had to be taken forcibly from the courtroom.
The former Vice-President, Aly Sabry, was sentenced to life in prison with hard labour. His sentence was commuted from execution on the orders of President Sadat.
Former Interior Minister Sharawy Gomaa was also sentenced to life with hard labour for his part in the plot.
A separate military tribunal sent retired General Mohamed Fawzi, former War Minister and Commander in Chief of the armed forces, to prison for 15 years with hard labour in connection with the plot. The presiding judge at his trial paid tribute to the former General for re-shaping Egypt's armed forces after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and said that President Sadat had reduced his sentence from life to 15 years.