Egypt’s Revolution Trial Adjourned for Two Months
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Eighteen men charged with terrorist acts, including murder, against U.S. and Israeli diplomats pleaded dinnocent Wednesday. The trial was adjourned for two months to give attorneys time to prepare.
Twenty men are charged in the case, but the two most prominent defendants - a son and a nephew of former President Gamal Abdel Nasser - left Egypt in 1987. No pleas were entered for them.
Eleven defendants, including Khaled Abdel Nasser, son of the late president, are charged with forming the clandestine Egypt’s Revolution group with the intent to murder.
The indictment also accuses them of murder, of undermining Egypt’s security and of damaging its relations with the United States and Israel.
If convicted, they could be sentenced to death.
The other defendants, including Khaled’s cousin, Gamal Shawky Abdel Nasser, are charged with complicity in the alleged acts. They could receive sentences up to life imprisonment, which under Egyptian law is 25 years.
At least 50 defense lawyers listened while Ragaa Araby, the assistant attorney general, read the charges to the 18 defendants. The accused stood in barred cages in the large courtroom, a converted conference hall.
After hearing defense motions in the three-hour session, the three-man court adjourned the trial until Jan. 1, 1989, to give lawyers time to read case files. The court also said it would issue summonses for the missing Nassers and for witnesses.
Thirteen lawyers represent the first defendant, Mahmoud Nour Din Sayed Ali Suliman. A former Egyptian foreign service employee, he is charged with organizing and heading Egypt’s Revolution and with participating in all the attacks.
Charges against the 20 were filed in February and stem from four attacks on Israeli and U.S. diplomats. Two Israelis were killed and six were wounded in shootings between 1984 and 1986. Two American diplomats were wounded in an attack in May 1987.
Egypt’s Revolution admitted all the attacks in communiques that opposed Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel, criticized the United States and professed the pan-Arab ideology nurtured by the late president.