In March 2011, Aboud al-Zomor sat in the comfort of his large family home in Nahia — a village on the western outskirts of Greater Cairo — and laid out his justifications for taking part in the assassination of Egypt's late leader Anwar Sadat in October 1981 in a media interview.
Al-Zomor, a former Egyptian intelligence officer, supplied Sadat's assassins with the bullets they used in killing the Egyptian president who had made peace with Israel two years earlier.
At 64, al-Zomor, frail, much older, with a shaggy brown-greyish beard and eyeglasses, had just been released after spending 30 years in prison, against the background of his indictment, together with 24 other people, in the case.
The case goes back to 1981 when Sadat was shot by officers participating in a military parade held in eastern Cairo to commemorate the 6 October war victory of 1973 — a triumph that opened the door for the liberation of Sinai and Egypt's peace treaty with Israel in 1979.
Covered in his own blood, Sadat was whisked away to a Nile-side military hospital in southern Cairo, where he died, almost two hours later.
In the interview, an unrepentant al-Zomor said Sadat got what he deserved for suppressing his country's Islamists and making peace with Israel. He considered the assassination as one of his greatest achievements.