Egypt's opposition leader sentenced to five years in jail
Updated: 2005-12-24 20:05
Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nour was convicted of forgery and sentenced
to five years in prison by a Cairo court on Saturday, a source told Xinhua.
Nour has been on hunger strike for the past two weeks in protest against the
trial, which he says is a politically motivated attempt to remove him from the
Nour was released on bail on March 12 after six weeks in prison over the
alleged case of forging signatures to get his party Al Ghad party (Tomorrow)
registered last year.
The 41-year-old lawyer
won about 8 percent of the popular vote in the presidential elections held in
September, following Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who was re-elected by
gaining 89 percent.
Opposition politician Ayman Nour looks from behind a Cairo
court house cell December 24, 2005. An Egyptian court on Saturday
sentenced Nour, a former presidential candidate, to five years in jail on
Nour lost his seat in parliament in November.
Some of his codefendants confessed that they forged the documents at the
request of Nour with a computer he personally bought for them.
Opposition politician Ayman Nour supporters
cry in despair outside a court in Cairo December 24,
Nour, whose party held seven seats in the former parliament, has proposed to
scrap a 24-year emergency law in Egypt and draw a new constitution defining the
framework of a parliamentary republic.
Nour was one of the 10 political and human rights activists who met with US
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Cairo on June 20.