Baron’s Grandson Makes Claim to Heliopolis Palace

“I’m the only legitimate heir to my grandfather’s property,” said Edouard Empain, grandson of Belgian millionaire Baron Empain, who built his famous orientally-themed palace in Cairo’s eastern Heliopolis district in 1911.

In a bid to claim his grandfather’s property, Empain filed a lawsuit on Monday against Nasser Bank, which assumed ownership of the palace after it was nationalized in the wake of Egypt’s 1952 revolution.

Amid tight security, the 88-year-old Empain, who speaks only French, entered the courtroom with his lawyers to make his argument. The presiding judge, however, delayed the case until 17 November.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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