Forty-three people, including 19 Americans, face prosecution in an Egyptian criminal court on charges of illegal foreign funding as part of an ongoing crackdown on nongovernmental organizations, a prosecution spokesman said Sunday.
The crackdown has been a source of tension between the American government and the military-run Egyptian government. Last week, members of Congress threatened to stop U.S. military aid over the issue. The American military, which has a strong relationship with their Egytian counterparts has been frustrated by the lack of responsiveness to U.S. concerns about the crackdown, a defense official told Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence.
Those referred to court also include five Serbs, two Germans and three Arabs, said Adel Saeed, spokesman for the general prosecutor. The remaining people are Egyptian, he said.
The defendants include Sam LaHood, International Republican Institute country director and the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Saeed said.
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