Egyptian Ghad party member found dead in jail

A member of Egypt's opposition Ghad party was found dead in jail Thursday - with a lawyer representing him casting doubt on official reports that he committed suicide.

Egyptian Ghad party member found dead in jail

A member of Egypt's opposition Ghad party was found dead in jail Thursday - with a lawyer representing him casting doubt on official reports that he committed suicide.

Ayman Ismail Hussein hanged himself in his prison cell, the official reports said. Hussein, 38, was among seven party members sentenced to five years in prison in a high profile case involving party leader, Ayman Nour, on charges of forgery.

Nour challenged President Hosny Mubarak in last year's presidential election and came a distant second. He was accused along with six party members of forging signatures to establish his party.

Hussein was the only accused who told the court his confessions were forced out of him with police threats to his family, but the court dismissed his statement, Nour's lawyer Amir Salim told Deutsche Presses Agentur dpa.

Hussein served his jail sentence in the appeals prison, where convicts sentenced to death are kept, while his six colleagues served theirs in Cairo's main jail of Tura, Salim said.

Salim dismissed the official version that Hussein hanged himself, saying the appeals prison was a security jail where all measures are taken to prevent prisoners from harming themselves. "The prison authorities have a criminal reponsibility," he said.

Hussein's relatives reported he was mistreated in prison, Salim claimed.

DPA

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