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December 24, 2005

Egypt court sentences opposition leader

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Egyptian opposition leader and former candidate in presidential election Ayman Nour has been sentenced today for 5 years imprisonment, as it was reported by both officials and Nour’s lawyer. According to the court, he and his liberal democratic party, Ghad, falsified signatures required to register a political party in January 2005. Both Nour’s punishment and his imprisonment have been condemned by the international community.

Nour, who stood as a candidate in the recent presidential election, held on September 7 2005, claims that there was political pressure on the judgement and he’ll take it to the court of cassation. The leader’s lawyer, Amir Salim, said that the verdict would be annulled by the appeal court, as Associated Press reports.

Groups of Nour’s supporters, organized mainly by his wife Gameela Ismail, protested against the decision and the style of government of current president Hosni Mubarak, shouting “Down with Mubarak, Down with the regime.”

Ayman Nour was arrested in January, 2005 and then imprisoned. He was released when the presidential campaign started.

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March 30, 2005

Egyptians protest against President despite ban

Egyptians protest against President despite ban

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005 Hundreds of demonstrators have taken to the streets of cities across Egypt to protest against a possible fifth term of President Hosni Mubarak.

Activists are campaigning to prevent Mubarak from gaining another term after 24 years in power. They are also calling for his son Gamal not to stand in elections in September and also that reforms are made to the country’s constitution.

Hundreds of Kifaya (“Enough”) protesters were met by thousands of riot police in Cairo and were prevented from reaching the parliament buildings. Protests in Alexandria were called off after security forces sealed off all routes in to the area of the planned protest. People later said that the police allowed a pro-Mubarak rally shortly afterwards.

The security chief of Cairo has stated that the police will no longer tolerate such protests. He is quoted by BBC News as saying “If we are getting to the stage of getting used to violating [the rules], then the principle is that legal regulations must be implemented.” Street demonstrations have been illegal since laws were enacted after the 1981 assassination of President Anwar Sadat.

One leader of Kifaya was reported as saying the large deployment of security personnel had turned Cairo into “a military zone”.

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