Khaled Abdel Nasser, the son of Egypt's former president Gamal Abdel Nasser, died Thursday afternoon. The son of the Arab nationalist leader was highly respected by many Egyptians not only for his close relationship to his father, but also for many stands he took against both Sadat and Mubarak's rule, for adopting policies that diverged from his father's pan-Arab orientation.
Khaled Abdel Naser, 62, died after 16 days in a coma in hospital in Cairo
The first born son of Gamal Abdel Naser was accused in 1988 of being part of a secret organisation that opposed violently the 1979 Camp David Accords and the normalisation of the Egyptian-Israeli relations.
Egypt's Revolution, or Thawret Masr, was a leftist group that planned assassinations of three Israeli diplomats in Cairo in addition to a fourth American diplomat. Even though the judiciary was seen as favouring the defendants and keeping the accusations heard to a minimum, Mahmoud Nour Eddin, the main figure in the case, was sentenced to 25 years in jail.
Nasser, who was tried in absentia, acquited along with four others of 10 facing trial. Nasser was believed to be the mastermind of the Nasserite leftist group along with Nour Eddin who died in prison in 1998.
Khaled Abdel Naser was also a professor in the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University.