EGYPT - EMMA BONINO: AYMAN NOUR'S SENTENCING IS YET ANOTHER BLUNDER BY A REGIME FALLING TO PIECES


Statement by Emma Bonino, MEP and member of the Secretariat of Rosa nel Pugno


Rome, December 28th 2005 - "One notable exception exists to the saying "History never repeats itself,": the régime run by Hosni Mubarak, a stagnant reality for over twenty years. " This is the comment made by the radical leader Emma Bonino, currently on mission in Sri Lanka to monitor Italian aid following last year's Tsunami devastation, on the five year sentence to prison inflicted on the president of the Egyptian Liberal Party, Ayman Nour.
"Similarly to what happened to Saad Ibrahim only a few years ago", continues Emma Bonino,"this ruling too has a political flavour and it was passed exactly for the same reasons: to use all possible excuses to hinder any liberal alternative might make headway in the country , even at the risk of repeating clumsy performances critisized by the international community in the past compelling Mubarak to embarassing about- turns. Ayman Nour's sentencing is yet another blunder by a régime falling to pieces. As in the past, a major international mobilisation is necessary to support all those that, in Egypt, are active in trying to overturn this farcical verdict".