Ayman Nour demands access to prison mosque

Manar Ammar
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CAIRO: Founder of Al-Ghad party and former presidential candidate Ayman Nour filed a report against authorities at Tora prison, accusing them of not implementing a court ruling allowing him to pray in the prison mosque.

Earlier this month, the Administrative Court ruled in favor of Nour, allowing him to pray in the Tora prison mosque, where he is serving a five-year sentence.

Nour was banned from praying there as stipulated by Interior Minister Habib El-Adly.

He claimed that the prison authorities are trying to isolate him by building three steel walls between him and the area where Muslim Brotherhood members are held in custody, reported Al-Masry Al-Youm.

This is not Nour s first clash with prison authorities; he previously accused them of deliberately denying him much-needed medical care for his diabetes and heart condition. Nour was handed a five-year sentence in 2005 for allegedly forging powers of attorney required for establishing a political party.

“They dissolved most of my rights, burned down my office and tried to assassinate my party and reputation, Nour wrote in a letter published on the party’s website.

Nour is referring to the Nov. 6 fire that gutted the party s headquarters. The fire broke out after Party Chairman Moussa Mostafa Moussa and his supporters had congregated underneath the Ghad party headquarters in Talaat Harb Square where they clashed with Gamila Ismail, Nour’s wife, and her supporters.

“In Egypt, prisoners [generally] have very limited rights, yet the political prisoner is deprived of the basic privileges that are granted to the non-political prisoner by law.

“I am treated as if I pose a threat to the ruler and as if I am his personal opponent, Nour wrote.

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