Ayman Nour Trial fiasco
The Ayman Nour Trial circus is coming to an end, with the verdict coming out either today or tommorow, and the proceedings being nothing short of an outright fiasco. The Judge prevented the defense to call in their witnesses, so the defense withdrew on the account of wrongful proceedings. In this case, the Judge is supposed to either negotiate with Nour's lawyers or appoint a new defense lawyer. The Judge did neither and will announce a verdict either way. This shouldn't come as a surprise, since it is the same Judge that sentenced Saad El Deen Ibrahim for "Tarnishing Egypt's reputation" by doing research on egyptian election fraud. He seems to be the Government Go-To Judge to bring out verdicts against the government's enemies and critics. The Sentencing could amount to anywhere from 15 to 25 eyars in prison and the sentence would have to be implemented effective immedietly, since it's coming from the Appeals court. Sure, Nour can appeal to the higher appeals court (Mahkamet el nakd), but the court will take a minimum of 3 years and an average of 7 years to view his case. Either way, this ruling strips him from his political rights for life and will ensure he won't be able to run for anything again. The government is working to make one hell of an example out of him and I am sad to say that their efforts so far have been a success.