Egypt to Prosecute Americans in NGO Probe
The Egyptian government intends to prosecute at least 40 people, including some American citizens, as part of an investigation into non-government organizations that receive foreign funding, state media reported Sunday.
The announcement came a day after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned the Egyptian foreign ministry that failure to quickly resolve the probe could jeopardize the more than $1.3 billion Egypt expects to get this year in U.S. aid.
“We are very clear that there are problems that arise from this situation that can impact all the rest of our relationship in Egypt,” Clinton told reporters while attending an international conference in Munich in which she met with her Egyptian counterpart. “We don’t want that.”
The Associated Press reported that as many as 19 Americans would stand trial alongside Egyptian colleagues. Egyptian authorities did not disclose the specific charges or say whether indictments or arrest warrants have been issued. Pro-democracy NGOs have long operated openly, but unofficially, in Egypt, because Cairo has refused to grant them licenses.