Egypt: Day in Court

Just about everything was there but a brass band. Military police in crisp red caps lined the road to the former royal villa on the edge of Gezira Island in the middle of the Nile in Cairo. One by one, twelve cars drew up to the door, and out of each stepped a neatly dressed civilian or high-ranking military officer, accompanied by a second officer and two soldiers. Inside the yellow stone villa, television cameras whirred and flashbulbs popped as the twelve men nodded quietly to friends and relatives, occasionally stopping to shake hands. Thus last week President Gamal...

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