Aqad Presses Charges Against Egyptian Television

Published August 24th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

American producer, Mohammed Aqad, who’s of Syrian origins, filed a lawsuit against the Egyptian television demanding the radio and television union to pay him compensation of $600,000 for re-airing his film Omar Al Mokhtar and thus violating its copyright terms. 

The advisor, Mohammed Mustafa, in the re-compensation division at the court of North Cairo informed AFP that,” Aqad also demanded that his film should not be aired again without his permission, but the court hearing was adjourned until November 5 to give the Radio and Television Union time to consider the charges pressed against them.” 

The film, Omar Al Mokhtar, which was out in the early eighties, won the acclaim of a large audience. It unfolds the life story of a Libyan freedom fighter, Omar Al Mokhtar, who resisted the Italian invaders. The film evidently depicts his struggle along with his friends who bravely fought the Italian invasion, which led to Omar’s execution. Anthony Quinn played the role of Omar Al Mukhtar opposite to the Greek actress Irine Papas—Albawaba. 


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