Monday, February 6, 2012

Egypt to prosecute 19 American aid workers for allegedly using illegal foreign funds to Fund Unrest

Warning: Hillary Clinton has warned Egypt's foreign minister that failure to resolve the dispute may lead to the loss of American aid.

Egypt has referred 43 NGO workers, including 19 Americans, to trial before a criminal court for allegedly using illegal foreign funds to foment unrest.

Among the Americans sent to trial is Sam LaHood, the head of the Egypt office of the Washington-based International Republican Institute and the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The decision made today marked a sharp escalation of the dispute between Cairo and Washington over Egypt's crackdown on U.S.-funded groups promoting democracy and human rights.

The two countries have been close allies for more than three decades, but the campaign against the organisations has angered Washington, and jeopardised the $1.5 billion in aid Egypt is set to receive from the U.S. this year. Read More