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Egyptian presidential candidate trial postponed after witness claims coercion

[JURIST] The forgery trial of Egyptian presidential candidate and prominent al-Ghad party opposition leader Ayman Nour [Wikipedia profile] was delayed Wednesday after a witness recanted his testimony in court. Ayman Hassan said security agents threatened to hurt his nieces if he didn't implicate Nour, who has maintained his innocence on charges of forging signatures[JURIST report] to get his opposition party registered last year. The trial has been postponed until September 25 and will likely conclude after Egypt's first multi-candidate presidential election [JURIST report], which is expected in the middle of that month. Nour stated that "despite all that is happening, I'm running in the upcoming elections, this is final irreversible decision." If convicted, he could face 15 years in prison and the loss of his right to run for office. AP has more.

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