On the outskirts of Khartoum on Tuesday evening (27 July) a military court put Sudanese Communist Leader Khalik Mahgoub on trial for his life on charges that he masterminded last week's brief and abortive coup against President Nimeiry.
GV PAN, Troops outside court.
SV Tracking shot, journalists approach courthouse, guarded by armoured vehicle.
GV Int. Mahgoub led into room and takes seat.
GV PAN across courtroom (from prosecution to defence)
LV Charges read out by trial leader.
CV Mahgoub pleading "not guilty"
LV Military judges
CV Mahgoub speaking to court (2 shots)
GV PAN courtroom, reporter holding out microphone.
LV Prisoner, PAN to judges and prosecution.
CV Mahgoub, PAN to prosecution witness seated.
CV Witness making statement.
WAS ZOOM IN to CV Mahgoub replying to allegations.
GV Judges and prosecutor.
SV Mahgoub pleads his case (3 shots)
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Background: On the outskirts of Khartoum on Tuesday evening (27 July) a military court put Sudanese Communist Leader Khalik Mahgoub on trial for his life on charges that he masterminded last week's brief and abortive coup against President Nimeiry. The defendant had to hours in which to prepare his defence, and during the hearing emphatically and repeatedly denied charges of complicity. VISNEWS cameraman Pino Giambattista was among newsmen allowed into the courtroom for the start of the trial, but latter stages were conducted in secret with mahgoub finally being found guilty. Within a few hours of the decision the Communist leader was hanged. Journalists in Khartoum had earlier thought that Mahgoub's world-wide connections might well have brought a sentence to her than the death penalty. They now speculate that the Sudanese leaders may have been determined not to be influenced by foreign opinion on the matter.