Mubarak Political Opponent Recieves Five Years In An Egyptian Prison For Alleged "Voter Fraud"
An Egyptian court sentenced opposition politician and former presidential candidate Ayman Nour, age 41, to five years in jail on "forgery" charges Saturday.
Nour is the leader of the liberal Ghad (Tomorrow) Party and the main challenger to President Hosni Mubarak in the September elections. He has been held in an Egyptian prison and been on a hunger strike for the past two plus weeks.
His lawyer, Amir Salim said, "This is a black day for this court ... This is injustice...."
President Bush is calling for the immediate release of Mr. Nour and Mr. Nour's wife is holding multiple prayer vigiles for him.
The evident "forgeries" were the signatures Mr. Nour recived as votes for him in the election, whereby he recieved 8% of the vote (and Mubarak recieved 89%). Nour maintains that these are actual signatures; the Egyptian court maintains they
Meanwhile, the Christian Science Monitor is reporting that the Muslim Brotherhood has TRIPLED it's presence in parliment within the first 5 rounds (out of 6) in the election, not exactly enhancing Egypt's relationship with the Western World to say the least
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