THE TRIAL of a world-famous geotechnical engineer, who has been charged with soliciting to murder four known people, is due to start at the Old Bailey on 28 November.
Dr Mamdouh Hamza, who designed the landmark Alexandria Library in Egypt, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Hamza was arrested in London by Scotland Yard detectives in July 2004, after flying from Cairo to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace. He was formally charged on 21 July (GE September 2004).
He has since remained in the UK as part of his bail conditions, although there have been no restrictions on him continuing to manage his award-winning, Cairo-based multi-disciplinary practice Hamza Associates, which employs around 380 engineers, architects and technicians.
Hamza is a well-known figure in Egypt, and his practice has been responsible for big public projects there, including the Mubarak Pumping Station at Lake Nasser.
He has a PHD in geotechnical engineering from London's Imperial College, is professor of soil mechanics and foundation engineering at Suez Canal University, and an ICE Fellow.