Khalid Abdel Nasser

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Khalid during a scouting event, 1969

Khalid Abdel Nasser (Arabic: خالد عبد الناصر‎‎, also spelled Khalid 'Abd al-Nasir; December 13, 1949 – September 15, 2011)[1] was the eldest son of Egypt's second President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

Opposition to Sadat and Mubarak[edit]

Khalid (second from left) with his father Gamal Abdel Nasser, sister Mona (left) and Abdel Hamid (right), 1956

Nasser's public profile became pronounced in his early adulthood on account of his often troubled relationship with late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, his father's successor. Time Magazine stated that when Sadat asked to acquire Gamal Abdel Nasser's bulletproof limousine, Khalid refused and after a heated argument with Sadat, he set the car on fire, destroying it.[2]

In later years, Nasser became a vocal critic of Sadat, and his presidential successor, Hosni Mubarak, both of whose policies had diverged significantly from those of Gamal Abdel Nasser. In 1988, he was accused of being part of a secret leftist organization, Egypt Revolution (ar) ("Thawret Misr,") a Nasserist group that violently opposed the 1979 Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel.[3] The Mubarak government sought the death penalty in a case which accused Nasser of trying to overthrow the Egyptian government, and of involvement in a spate of assassinations and bombings. The case eventually became a test of strength between the judiciary and the executive when judges threw out much of the case, accusing police and prosecutors of collusion in torturing the defendants.[4]

The case also created anger among many Egyptians who sympathized with Nasser because of the general anti-Israeli sentiment at the time, the fact that he was the son of Gamal Abdel Nasser, a popular figure in the country, and reports that the evidence was provided by American intelligence. Nasser had escaped to Yugoslavia during the trial, but was acquitted anyway.[5]

Later life and death[edit]

In the mid-1990s following international sanctions against Iraq, Nasser received $16.6 million worth of Saddam Hussein's oil vouchers in the Oil-for-Food Programme, more than anyone else in Egypt, according to the list of beneficiaries.[6] He later became a professor in Cairo University's Faculty of Engineering, a job which he held for the remainder of his life.[1]

In February 2011, during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, Nasser joined pro-democracy demonstrations in Tahrir Square against Mubarak and his regime.[7] According to The Telegraph, Nasser's participation "was seen as helping to give the revolution a posthumous stamp of approval from an iconic Arab hero."[5] Later that year, on August 30, he fell into a coma ending in his death at age 61 in a Cairo hospital on September 15.[1] He is survived by three children.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Khaled Abdel Nasser dies". Ahram Online. Ahram Online. 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  2. ^ "Egypt: Sadat in the Saddle". TIME Magazine. TIME. 1971-05-31. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  3. ^ YOUSSEF M. IBRAHIM, New York Times, February 19, 1988, "Nasser Son Indicted In Attacks on Envoys From Israel and U.S."
  4. ^ المصورو , "النيابة في قفص الاتهام", عاطف فرج Atif Farag, Al-Musawar, March 10, 1990 "The Prosecutor in the Prisoner's Dock"
  5. ^ a b c Khalid Abdel Nasser. The Telegraph. 2011-09-28.
  6. ^ "Iraqi-paper-publishes-list-of-oil-bribes/". UPI. January 2004. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Timeline: Egypt's revolution". Al Jazeera English. Al Jazeera. 2011-02-14. Retrieved 2011-09-16.