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Egyptian Opposition Leader on Prison Hunger Strike

Detained Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nour has been moved to a prison hospital following a week-long hunger strike.

Mr. Nour's wife says he is a diabetic, and that his doctors fear his hunger strike could lead to a coma. Egypt's main human rights organization has called for his immediate release.

The 41-year-old Mr. Nour began the strike last week, after he was taken into custody ahead of a verdict in his trial on allegations of forging signatures to register his opposition party. He says the charges are politically motivated.

A verdict is expected next Saturday, December 24. If found guilty, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

Mr. Nour ran a distant second to President Hosni Mubarak in September's presidential election. The charges against him have strained ties between Egypt and the United States.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.