Egypt's first-ever sequestration court met in Cairo today (Thursday) to consider a prosecution request for the confiscation of all property belonging to the eleven men sentenced last year on charges of conspiring against President Anwar Sadat.
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Background: Egypt's first-ever sequestration court met in Cairo today (Thursday) to consider a prosecution request for the confiscation of all property belonging to the eleven men sentenced last year on charges of conspiring against President Anwar Sadat.
The eleven included former Vice-president Aly Sabry and former War Minister Mohamed Fawzi--but only four of the defendant have agreed to appear in Court, and only three of them were present at today's start of the hearings. They were the ex-Secretary General of the Arab Socialist Union, Abdel Mohsen Aboul Nour; ex-Information Minster Mohammed Fayak; and ex-Information Mistier Mohammed Fayek; and ex-Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Sami Sharaf.
After heated exchanges between the defendants and the prosecution, the Court was adjourned until March 25th.
SYNOPSIS: In Cairo on Thursday, the opening of Egypt's first-even sequestration court hearing, to consider a request for the confiscation of all property belonging to the eleven man sentenced last year an charges of conspiring against President Sadat. Of the eleven--only three were in court.
Abdel Moheen Aboul Nour, the former Secretary General of the arab Socialist Union--Egypt's only political party--was the first to address a defence to the judges. He hotly denied that he--or his co-defendants--had been lined with the arbitrary confiscation of property when they were in power.
After hearing the Court Chairman read the sequestration request--including that an the property of feme Vice-President Sabry and former War Minister Fawzy, neither of when were present--the Court heard the impassioned plan of ex-Interformation Minister Mohammed Fayak.
The case is also another first in Egyptian judicial history in that it is being heard by a jury. But the defendant objected that the three man on the jury are biased that the three man on the jury are biased government employees. All three defendants are said to have attempt to put their Government's confiscation balms on President Nasser--and so, with accusations and counter-accusations flying, the Court was adjourned until March 25th.