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Court Asked To Confiscate Assets of 11 Sadat Family Members

January 31, 1988

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ A prosecutor on Saturday asked for the confiscation of $8.2 million in property allegedly amassed through corruption by 11 relatives of the late President Anwar Sadat.

Abdel-Salam Hamed, the prosecutor general, based the request on a 1983 judgment by the Ethics Court.

The court convicted the president’s brother, Esmat Sadat, three of Esmat Sadat’s sons and seven other family members on 24 counts of influence peddling, black marketeering and bribery.

That ruling ordered their property sequestered under anti-corruption laws enacted during Sadat’s presidency. He took office in 1970 and was assassinated by Moslem extremists in Cairo in October 1981.

The court judgment did not associate President Sadat with the conduct of Esmat Sadat’s family.

The anti-corruption laws enacted in 1971 and 1980 provide for sequestration of property for up to five years, after which the prosecutor general may ask the Ethics Court for confiscation.

In February 1983, the seven-member Ethics Court placed under sequestration the property of Esmat Sadat and 10 family members. It also ordered Esmat Sadat and his three sons, Galal, Talaat and Mohammed Anwar, held in custody for one year. They had been arrested in late 1982.

Hamed’s decision to send Esmat Sadat and his family again before the Ethics Court for confiscation proceedings was announced by his office director, Mahmoud Abul-Ela.

Abul-Ela said Esmat Sadat, a 64-year-old businessman, and his family had abused their kinship to President Sadat to ″intimidate public officials″ into granting them favors. He estimated their present combined wealth at $8.2 million.

No date has been set for the new hearing.

The prosecution in 1983 estimated the Esmat Sadat’s family wealth at $150 million, but the court valued it at $94 million. There was no explanation of the discrepancies between those estimates and the one given Saturday.

Saturday’s announcement said the prosecution was excepting from its confiscation request one apartment and one car for each defendant ″for humanitarian reasons.″

At the time of the trial, prosecutors said Esmat Sadat’s family holdings included five import-export companies, a housing firm, six luxury villas, 30 apartments and a fleet of trucks.

Egypt’s judicial system has two prosecution processes, the normal criminal court system and a political system to deal with corruption. Cases involving alleged corruption are heard by the Ethics Court.

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