February 5th, 2012
12:43 PM ET

Egypt to press charges in NGO crackdown

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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  1. Odwa

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    October 13, 2012 at 1:05 am | Reply
  2. Greg Davis

    What Arab spring? Moslem radicals now control the Egyptian Gov't. USA still propping them up with hard earned tax payer billions.

    February 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  3. mipolitic

    this guy named putin that has been in power running the show in russia for more years than allowed by russian law has been courting egypt since the uprising over the suez. well putin wins in syria and supports iran mad men and now 19 americans detained in egypt. this is going to get a lot worse if obama does not take out iran nuke sites. taking out a few bad guys in small pockets is not the backbone to face down the big boys obama.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  4. Skorpio

    Saudi Arabia provides funding to all mosques and Islamic schools around the world. Most of these institutions are incubators of terrorists and violent actions against their host countries.

    February 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  5. Voice of Reason

    Wrong move shitheads, you want us to keep you off the shit list, you stop f***ing with our charity organizations

    February 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Reply
  6. henryknox

    This isn't news to anyone that has been paying attention. Glenn Beck predicted all of this a year ago when the US administration was encouraging the protesters in Egypt he said the Muslim Brotherhood weren't the good ally that Obama said they were. As Glenn says, pay attention to what they say because they will tell you who they are if you pay attention.

    February 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      This is actually a crackdown by the military, and not the Muslim Brotherhood. Time to cut off the 1.2 billion in foreign aid immediately.

      February 6, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
    • Greg Davis


      February 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
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  7. mipolitic

    nice mess , why were these people not removed out of egypt by the usa ?

    February 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  8. duckforcover

    The Egyptian military is nothing but a bunch of ingrates. NGOs must use foreign funding. That's the whole idea isn't it? NGOs provide people with basic needs not met by their own government. Our "foreign funding" to Egypt's military is apparenty OK since it helps keep the military in power.Where the money comes from is not the real problem-it's who gets it.

    February 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Reply
    • Tibhar

      Foreign funding for peoples good,not to change regimes. In regime change game people die.look everywhere Iraq,Libya,now same is being played in Syria.u r trying to break Iranian ally under the name of democracy and innocent people r dying in this game. When two elephants fight (US and Russia) only grass suffers -Syrians.

      February 6, 2012 at 1:08 am | Reply
  9. mipolitic

    egypt is being courted by russia;s putin , and there may be some horse trading going on between usa and russia over syria and iran, you give me iran and you get syria but egypt is the one that has a little thing called suez, i think if we do not see obama take action in iran , putin is than running the show and obama is weak. so far it does not look good.

    February 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  10. asabry

    Egypt need major overhaul to the system of government, Justice and Parliaments, the major roots to changes is to eliminate Islam completely...do not fool to what the Islamists are saying "Islam is the solution", this is just a wash-wash talks and taking advantage of the poor and illiterate population. Let see if Allah and Prophet Muhammad will solve Egypt economical crisis, Do not ask the Infidels. Islamists are full of surprises…

    February 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply

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