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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Nour undergoes heart procedure under tight security

Physicians performed cardiac tests on jailed Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nour at a Cairo hospital on Monday, according to a Reuters report. Nour, who is in the midst of a five-year sentence on dubious fraud charges, was kept under close supervision by Egyptian authorities throughout his hospital stay and prevented from speaking with outsiders, including his wife, Gameela Ismail. The examinations were done to assess whether additional procedures would be needed for Nour, who was had cardiac and arterial problems in the past.

Nour challenged, but ultimately lost to, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the September 2005 presidential elections. He was arraigned shortly thereafter in a move thought to have been carried out to prevent a future bid by the democratic reformist.

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