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Egypt to Prosecute Americans in NGO Probe - Report

February 5, 2012

The Egyptian government intends to prosecute roughly 40 people—including several Americans—in connection with its investigation into non-government organizations, The Washington Post reported.

The report, on Egyptian state media, came just one day after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned the Egyptian government that a failure to resolve the investigation could jeopardize $1.3 billion in U.S. aid to Egypt.

As many as 19 Americans could stand trial, the Post reported, quoting an Associated Press account. No specific changes have been disclosed, nor have indictments or arrest warrants been issued.

 

Egypt’s investigation began last month, when it raided 17 offices associated with non-government organizations working in the country.

One of the Americans under investigation is Sam LaHood, the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who was barred from leaving Egypt last month. It is unclear whether Sam LaHood will be prosecuted.

Sam LaHood is the country director of the International Republican Institute, a pro-democracy organization. In a statement, the Institute said news of the prosecution, “reflects escalating attacks against international and Egyptian democracy organizations.

“The continued assault on American, German and Egyptian civil society is not a ‘legitimate judicial process,’” the statement said. “It is a politically motivated effort to squash Egypt’s growing civil society, orchestrated through the courts, in part by Mubarak-era hold overs.”

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