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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The Ayman Nour circus

Yesterday the Ayman Nour Trial started, and from the sound of it, it seems to be more of a circus thean a real trial: Ayman wasn't initially allowed to go inside the courtroom of his own trial, supporters were chanting outside while the government security forces were blocking them, Nour's co-defendents were actually attacking him and their lawyers were asking for documents like Nour's PHD and National ID in order to prove that he is a forgerer, which is weird considering that this is the government's job, and Nour was smoking a cigar and giving interviews behind bars to the few press members that were allowed to go in. (Check pictures here via the arabist) However, if there is any indication of how the government intends to play this one, well, look no futher then at the Judge they appointed for this case : It's the same Judge that jailed Saad El Din Ibrahim in 2001 for "Tarnishing Egypt's reputation" by doing research on egyptian election fraud. Different name, but the game is still the same!


At 6/29/2005 05:49:00 AM, Anonymous Me, Myself and I said...

I think they have this judge reserved for trials of this nature..Gomma the body snatcher...dunno how assigning judges work in this country, i do not think it is random by anymeans..we shall see..from the number attending both his supporters and the CFS i am happy i did not even think of going..been to a couple of Saad's trails..it was hot, crowded (not even close to what is reported re Ayman Nour) and I discovered that judges do not really talk they mumble..what i do not understand though why do they convene all this to postpone.?? It will be interesting to see how all this will go...

At 7/07/2005 05:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been a member of that party for six months. The fact of the matter is that Nour is a fraudster. He is a Houdini and his wide: Lady Macbeth.
When asked once about the source o f his fortune, he explained that he had sold a houseboat! Yeah, LOL!
To be continued..

At 7/08/2005 04:14:00 AM, Anonymous Noor said...

Who ever believes the Egyptian government's crap and their accusations against Ayman Nour, has ISSUES. The anonymous person who concluded that Ayman Nour is a 'fraudster' is propbably benifitting from the corrupt government, in one way or another. Ayman Nour is just a believer in democracy, and wants to make Egypt a better place. Contact me on noor@mindless.com if you feel like unfairly insulting Ayman Nour some more.

At 8/05/2005 10:37:00 AM, Anonymous A Sandmonkey in America said...

First, this is a really cool blog and I wouldn't have done better myself and thanks for maintaining it.

Okay, the "Tarnishing of Egypt's Reputation" is definitely a crime and the punishment should be whipping with a wet noodle. Give me a break people! Egypt's reputation is more than tarnished at this point. Stop acting like we're gods or pharaohs. No body gives a rats ass about "Egypt's Reputation"!

Now, the thing with Ayman Nour's trial is definitely a circus and a really bad one. I'm taking Mohammed El 7hilw bad! And just because our government keeps praising the Egyptian judiciary system doesn't mean that they don't control it. Unfortunately from 25 years (actually that even goes back farther) of brain washing people believe everything the government tells them. The whole "free election" thing is a big joke! Mubarak shall rule for eternety, the pharaoh that he is!


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