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Cairo show trial

By Trevor Mostyn   March 2003

With America poised to strike Baghdad, the show trial of Cairo’s leading political activist has just ended in an atmosphere of high theatre. Sa’d ad-Din Ibrahim, a US-educated sociology professor with dual nationality, was in the dock for offending Egypt’s ruling family. Ibrahim, now a sick 64 year old, has spent most of the past two years in Tora prison, south of Cairo. However, the nine top judges of Egypt’s highest court, who presided over his third and final trial on 4th February in the vast courthouse in the heart of downtown Cairo, have postponed their verdict until 18th March.

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