Sunday, December 25, 2005
CAIRO, Egypt - A court convicted leading government opponent Ayman Nour of forging petition signatures Saturday, drawing a sharp rebuke from the United States, which called the verdict a blow to the rule of law in Egypt.
Gamila Ismail, right, the wife of leading government opponent Ayman Nour, speaks to supporters after her husband was sentenced for forgery at the end of a year-long judicial process that has drawn international criticism and provoked uproar from the hundreds of Nour's supporters, outside the courtroom in Cairo, Egypt Saturday.
Nour was sentenced to five years in prison, capping a monthslong legal process that strained Egypt's relations with Washington, an ally that is pressing for democratic reforms here and elsewhere in the Middle East.
"The conviction of Mr. Nour, the runner-up in Egypt's 2005 presidential elections, calls into question Egypt's commitment to democracy, freedom, and the rule of law," the White House said in a statement.
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