Egyptian opposition leader detained pending forgery sentence

[JURIST] Former Egyptian presidential candidate Ayman Nour [Wikipedia profile] was detained on Monday, indicating that he may be sentenced soon on forgery charges. Nour's lawyer said that the court presiding over the trial ordered that Nour be detained until December 10, and that Nour's sentence will be handed down that day. Nour finished second to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [official profile] in the country's September elections [JURIST report], receiving 7.5 percent of the vote compared to the Mubarak's 88.6 percent. Two weeks later, Nour was ordered to appear in court [JURIST report] on charges of forging signatures to obtain recognition for his political party, Al-Ghad, last year. Nour had previously been arrested in January on the same charges but released on bail in March. Nour's supporters claim that the charges are part of the government's attempt to discredit his campaign. Nevertheless, Nour intends to run again in the next presidential election in six years' time. Reuters has more.

 

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