Egyptian Bar Association Begins Sharon War Crimes Trial

Published June 21st, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

The Egyptian Bar Association is due to begin on Thursday its trial in absentia of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who is charged with committing war crimes against Arabs in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt, reported Al Gomhuria Arabic daily. 

A three-member panel will hear statements from plaintiffs and their representatives. The judges committee is headed by Farouq Abu Eissa, the former State Council chief. Consultant Mohammed Said Al Gamal and former Cairo Bar Association head Abdel Aziz Mohammed are the other members of the panel.  

Bar association head Sameh Ashour is scheduled to represent the plaintiffs, along with MP Adel Eid, and lawyer Hassan Ali Mahmoud. The plaintiffs will be counseled by lawyer Ahmed Nabil Al Hilali and Dr. Salah Sadeq, a professor of Constitutional Law at Sadat Academy.  

The plaintiffs include the families of those wounded and killed by Israeli operations under Sharon’s jurisdiction, including the parents of the baby Iman, who was killed in May, the parents of Mohammed Ad Durra, and a number of people wounded in Israeli air raids on the Egyptian border post of Rafah, as well as a number of 1967 and 1973 prisoners of war --

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