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Opponent of Egyptian Government Sentenced

A court sentenced leading government opponent Ayman Nour to five years in prison Saturday for forging petition signatures, capping a yearlong process that generated international criticism and strained Egypt’s relations with the United States. Nour, the runner-up in this year’s presidential elections, had pleaded innocent to ordering the forgeries to register his Al-Ghad party. The guilty verdict provoked an uproar from hundreds of supporters in and around the courtroom, with some outside in the street crying when they heard it. “God is great!” Nour and his wife, Gamila Ismail, shouted immediately. Chief defense counsel Amir Salem cried: “This is a political verdict that will be annulled by the appeals court! This verdict will go into the dustbin of history!”Full Story

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