Egypt: Wife of jailed opposition leader blasts US

The wife of a prominent jailed dissident blasted the Bush administration on Sunday for failing to pressure Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak into making democratic reforms. Gamila Ismail, the wife of Ayman Nour, who is serving a five-year prison sentence after being convicted of fraud, also claimed Washington has turned a blind eye to her husband's case in favor of winning Mubarak's support for US policies in the region. "The American priority is to make Mubarak help them impose the American hegemony on the region and not to safeguard democracy," she told the Associated Press. Ismail made her accusations as US Vice President Dick Cheney was in Cairo to persuade Mubarak to do more to support the Iraqi government.