Lawyer Says Nasser’s Son Will Attend His Trial
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ The son of former President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt will return to Egypt to stand trial, a lawyer was quoted as saying Thursday.
President Hosni Mubarak said terrorism allegations against Khaled Abdel Nasser will not tarnish the image of the late president.
The daily Al Ahram newspaper quoted Ahmed el-Khawaga, head of the Egyptian Bar Association, as saying the younger Nasser, 38, would return to Cairo as soon as the trial starts. The report appeared in the newspaper’s early Thursday edition.
El-Khawaga made his comments after returning from meetings with Khaled Nasser in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, where the younger Nasser and his family live.
No date has been set for the trial.
Khaled Nasser and 19 men were charged last Thursday in connection with four shootings between 1984 and 1987 that killed two Israelis and wounded six others and two Americans.
He and 10 other defendants face a death sentence. Eight defendants face a maximum life imprisonment.
El-Khawaga was not at his office and there was no answer at his home when The Associated Press tried to obtain further information about his four reported meetings with the younger Nasser.
In his first public comment on the indictment, Mubarak said Khaled Nasser’s alleged involvement in the attacks ″will not affect the name and history of leader Gamal Abdel Nasser, whom Egypt respects and loves and whom the whole world, including the Arab world and our African continent, also loves.″
Mubarak spoke at a closed meeting with senior officers of Egypt’s 2nd and 3rd armies, both stationed in the Suez Canal zone. His remarks at the canal city of Ismailiya were distributed Wednesday by the state-owned Middle East News Agency.
Egypt has said it is attempting to have Khaled Nasser extradited to stand trial.
Another defendant is Gamal Shawky Abdel Nasser, a nephew of the late president. He is also at large, but he faces lesser charges.
Nasser, who died in 1970, became president of republican Egypt in 1956, four years after leading a bloodless military coup that overthrew the monarchy.
A champion of Arab unity and an inspiration to numerous African and Arab liberation movements, he still is revered in much of the Arab world and in many African countries.