Witness in prominent Egypt dissident trial found hanged in prison

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September 6, 2007 19:10

 
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A reluctant prosecution witness in the trial of Egypt's leading opposition politician was found dead, apparently of suicide, in his prison cell Thursday, police said. During the 2005 trial of opposition presidential candidate Ayman Nour, fellow defendant and prosecution witness Ayman Hassan abruptly announced that he had been forced by security services to implicate his former employer. The judge at the time ignored his recanting and sentenced both he and Nour to five years in prison. "He was found hanged by a bed sheet," said a police official on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make statements. Nour was on trial for ordering his followers to forge the signatures needed to found his liberal Ghad (Tomorrow) opposition party the previous year.

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