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Egyptian Court Postpones Trial of Opposition Candidate for President

Ayman Nour, talks to his supporters as he arrives at a Cairo court for a second session of his trial, June 30, 2005
An Egyptian court has postponed until late September the forgery trial against the country's top opposition candidate for president.

The postponement, announced Wednesday in Cairo, allows Ghad (Tomorrow) party candidate Ayman Nour to campaign against incumbent Hosni Mubarak ahead of elections tentatively set for early September.

This comes after a co-defendant in the case asked the government for protection, testifying he was coerced by police into implicating Mr. Nour in the alleged forgery scheme. The judge did not rule immediately on the protection request from Ayman Ismail Hassan.

Mr. Hassan first alleged last week that his family was threatened with harm if he did not implicate candidate Nour.

Mr. Nour, a leading critic of President Mubarak, has pleaded not guilty. He and six co-defendants are accused of forging signatures required to register the Ghad party.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.