Egypt to Send American NGOs to Trial; Clinton Calls for Resolution


0  Updated at 9:38 am, February 5th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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Win McNamee/Getty Images(CAIRO) — Egypt is sending 43 non-governmental organization workers, including 19 Americans, to trial, according to state media.

The Egyptian government has been investigating American NGOs for their pro-democracy work, shutting down their operations for operating illegally and receiving foreign funds.

According to Egyptian media, among those to go on trial is Sam LaHood, the son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned officials that the $1.3 billion in military aid for Egypt could be in jeopardy if the probe is not resolved soon.

“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 at an international conference in Munich. “We don’t want that.”

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