The mass trial of more than one hundred people accused of violating Egypt's currency laws opened at the Central Criminal Court in Cairo on Tuesday (May 15).
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Background: The mass trial of more than one hundred people accused of violating Egypt's currency laws opened at the Central Criminal Court in Cairo on Tuesday (May 15).
They were appearing on charges of smuggling currency abroad and carrying out illegal transactions.
The defendants, who include Americans, West Germans, italians, French, Canadians, Belgians and Lebanese as well as Egyptians were accused of smuggling about seven million pounds sterling (17 million U.S. dollars) out of the country in the past four years.
An Italian engineer Vittorio Cairo is accused of being the ringleader who recruited a number of the accused to carry out operations on the his behalf.
The accused are also charged with making illicit exchange deals by buying Egyptian currency in Egypt against foreign money deposited abroad.