EGYPT: Lovers and Helmets

After booming the circulation of Egyptian newspapers for the past two months, the trial of Ahmed Salem, biggest Cairo sensation of the decade, came to its quaint close last week. The sloe-eyed, romantic Egyptian public loves a love story. This one was dished up hot and fresh every morning in court when pomaded, silk-shirt-wearing Ahmed Salem's expensively gowned wife Amina rushed in and was permitted to embrace the prisoner passionately just as the judge was taking his seat. Ahmed stood accused of "bribery, forgery and perjury" in selling to the Egyptian police as hard steel helmets a quantity of...

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