Key Witness in Ayman Nour's case found hanged

..in his cell.

One of the key
witnesses and defendants in the trial of Egyptian opposition leader
Ayman Nour was found hanged in his prison cell in central Cairo
yesterday morning, security sources said.

Ayman Esmail Hassan,
who during Nour's trial retracted his testimony against the politician,
hanged himself with a sheet in the prison where he was serving a
five-year sentence on a charge of forging documents, they added.

Hassan said he had made up his testimony under pressure from state security police, who had threatened members of his family.

"I confessed to
forgery under pressure from officers from state security," Hassan told
reporters on June 30, 2005, after his lawyer told the court he had
changed his plea to not guilty.

The court disregarded his retraction and went on to sentence both Ayman Nour and Ayman Hassan to five years in prison.

[...]

Amir Salem, the lawyer
who defended Nour in the trial and who has been trying to secure his
release on health grounds, said: "He [Hassan] was the only person taken
alone and put in the Appeals prison [in central Cairo], and according
to his family he complained constantly of ill treatment."

"He was the only
person in the Ayman Nour case who insisted on retracting his statements
against Ayman Nour, and he admitted twice in front of court that all
his statements were contrived," Salem said. "[The judge] refused to pay
attention."

You kind of get the feeling that the Egyptian government isn't even trying to pretend or save face anymore. 

 Sigh…

0 comment on Key Witness in Ayman Nour's case found hanged

  1. Roman Kalik
    September 7, 2007 at 9:41 am

    Daaamn, he really had no escape, didn’t he? Lie and try to somehow live with it, or tell the truth and get a “suicide”…

    Reply
  2. reine.de.tout
    September 7, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    SM – Soooo glad to see you back! I had subscribed to your feed, JUST IN CASE, and finally noticed just TODAY that your feed had been updated, meaning you were back!
    So very very very sorry about your grandmother. You must have been a joy to her.

    Reply
  3. dcat
    September 8, 2007 at 4:01 am

    That’s my guy! ^..^ lick!

    Good to see you back in the grove!

    Reply
  4. Jo Ames
    September 8, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    As the only blog that I am addicted to reading, I am glad to see you back and informing the world. Good luck and remember you have friends everywhere.

    Reply
  5. thanos
    September 8, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    Welcome back!

    Reply
  6. EF3
    September 8, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    They’re getting nasty now.

    Reply
  7. me
    September 9, 2007 at 12:11 am

    Howdie, SM. good to “read” you. isn’t it strange that the guy should “hang himself”?!

    Reply
  8. Vorzheva
    September 9, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    I’m so pleased you have returned.
    Welcome back!

    Reply
  9. Louise
    September 11, 2007 at 12:05 am

    Wow Sandmonkey. I keep checking in, hoping against hope that you would return. And, what do you know!! You have returned. So glad you are back.

    Reply
  10. Jack
    September 11, 2007 at 4:58 am

    Nice to see you again. Hope that you stick around for a while. Your absence was noted.

    Reply
  11. Adam B.
    September 11, 2007 at 9:01 am

    A late welcome back from me as well…!

    Yupp, I’d do the same – 5 years in prison? No way! Suicide is infinately prefereable to that!!! Without a doubt… Right…? :o/

    Reply

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