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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 24, 2005


Egypt: Conviction of Ayman Nour

Leading government opponent Ayman Nour shouts to supporters through the bars of the defendants dock in Cairo, Egypt Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005.  AP/WWPThe United States is troubled by the Egyptian court decision convicting civil reformer and former presidential candidate Ayman Nour. Mr. Nour's trial has been marred by irregularities and inconsistencies, and has failed to meet the international standards of transparency and respect for rule of law that the Egyptian Government has publicly espoused.

Mr. Nour's detention and sentencing raise serious concerns about the path of political reform and democracy in Egypt, and is inconsistent with the Egyptian Government's professed commitment to increased political openness and dialogue within Egyptian society.

We note reports that Ayman Nour's health appears to be deteriorating, and we urge the Egyptian Government to consider his humanitarian release.

The United States and the international community have been following with concern the Government of Egypt's handling of Ayman Nour's case. We will continue to press for his release.

2005/1212


Released on December 24, 2005

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