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Defendant in Egyptian forgery case changes plea to not guilty

[JURIST] Ismail Hussain, a defendant in the forgery trial [JURIST report] of Egyptian presidential candidate Ayman Nour [Wikipedia profile], on Thursday changed his plea to not guilty, saying he earlier made a false confession, acknowledging forging signatures under pressure from security officials. Nour's lawyers said afterwards that his own acquittal was more likely now. The retraction comes two days after a contentious start to Nour's trial [JURIST report] in which hundreds gathered outside the courthouse to protest what they saw as attempt to eliminate any rivals to current President Hosni Mubarak [official profile]. Aljazeera has more.

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