Egypt: Court convicts non-profit workers
04 June 2013, 16:09
Cairo - An Egyptian court has convicted 43 non-profit
workers including at least 16 Americans of involvement in illegal activity in
the country, sentencing them to up to five years in jail.
Most of the Americans had left the country. They include Sam
LaHood, son of the US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. He received a
five-year jail term.
Tuesday's verdict also ordered the closure and seizure of
the offices and assets in Egypt belonging to US non-profit groups for which
many of the defendants worked, including the International Republican
Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House.
Of the 43 defendants, 27 received five-year jail terms.
Another five received two years and 11 got one year.
The case began in 2011 and led to a period of tension in US-Egyptian