Egypt court rejects plea for opposition leader release on health grounds Gabriel Haboubi at 5:09 PM ET
[JURIST] A criminal court in Cairo Thursday refused a plea by public prosecutor Abdel Maguid for the release of jailed Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nour [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Maguid had asked the court to consider Nour's deteriorating health, which is complicated by heart disease and diabetes. Maguid's request also follows accusations by Nour's wife, Gamila Ismail, that Egypt's police force has been abusing her husband [Reuters report].
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