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Hotel on Trial Over Attack That Killed 2 Businessmen

A lawyer for families of two victims of a fatal shooting in a Cairo hotel 10 years ago asked a federal jury in Manhattan yesterday to find the hotel liable in the attack, which the lawyer blamed on lax security. The lawyer, who represents the families of two New Jersey businessmen who were killed in the Oct. 26, 1993, attack in the Semiramis Inter-Continental Hotel, said that the gunman was able to carry a weapon into the hotel because there were no metal detectors used to scan visitors. “These deaths, these injuries were avoidable,” the lawyer, Harvey Weitz, said in his opening statement in a trial in Federal District Court. He said that despite growing terrorist activity in Egypt, the hotel did not want to “scare off the tourists by showing too much security.” Full Story

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