Brother of former agriculture minister defends him in court

The Ismailia Criminal Court has adjourned the trial of Amin Abaza, former Minister of Agriculture, and Amr Mansy, former workers' secretary of the dissolved National Democratic Party, who are accused of profiteering from selling state-owned land in Sinai.

The court will reconvene on 2 November.
Abaza entered the caged dock wearing his detention uniform, while his brother and lawyer, Mahmoud Abaza, former president of the Wafd Party, undertook his defense. “I am confident of my brother’s innocence,” he told Al-Masry Al-Youm.
Mansy followed Abaza into the cage, holding a cigarette.
The defendants denied the charges, and Abaza requested that his brother be released. “He will not flee the country,” he said.
Mansy’s lawyer, for his part, requested a report from the Agricultural Development Authority, stating the names of the investors who were granted usufruct rights for state-owned land in Sinai. 
Translated from the Arabic Edition

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