Wednesday, May 21, 2008

No more letters home for Ayman Nour

ed: Is Mubarak still scared of this guy, even when he's under lock and key?
No more letters home for Ayman Nour. An Egyptian court has ruled that the jailed political dissident and leader of the Tomorrow Party can no longer write to his wife. The reason: Nour has angered officials by mailing home essays critical of the government that ended up in the nation’s independent newspapers.

"This decision shows a determination to deny him every right as a prisoner," Nour's wife, Gamila Ismail, told AFP.

The ruling is the latest attempt to silence Nour, a lawyer who ran against President Hosni Mubarak in 2005 and was later sentenced to five years in prison for forging political documents. His cause was quickly taken up by human rights organizations that frequently criticize Egypt for political repression, torture and the jailing of activists, especially members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt News : Egypt court keeps jailed Nur cut off from outside contacts

Wednesday, 21 May 2008 Egypt + Ayman Nur

An Egyptian judicial source reported Tuesday that Egyptian opposition figure Ayman Nur who has been in jail for the past two years will no longer be entitled to publish articles in the press

The ruling was issued in Egypt's higher administrative court, rejecting an appeal from Nur against a ruling handed down in January that also bans him from receiving or sending letters, said Egypt’s source.
"This decision shows a determination to deny him every right as a prisoner," said Nur's wife, Gamila Ismail.
Nur, who came a distant second to Hosni Mubarak in presidential polls in September 2005, was later the same year sentenced to five years behind bars on charges of forging official documents to set up a political party.
His family and human rights groups say Nur's health has sharply deteriorated in prison, but an appeal for his early release on health grounds was turned down in March.
Egypt has rejected as interference US-led criticism of its human rights record and treatment of Nur.
US President George W. Bush wound up a Middle East tour in Egypt on Sunday urging friends and foes in the Middle East, where few leaders are elected, to stop repressing their peoples.
"Too often in the Middle East, politics has consisted of one leader in power and the opposition in jail," he said.