Sunday, February 5, 2012

Obama's Policy of Making New Friends and Keeping Old One's...

Egypt sends 43 aid workers, including 19 Americans, to trial over illegal funds


DEVELOPING -- Egyptian officials say 43 NGO workers, including 19 Americans, have been referred to trial before a criminal court for allegedly being involved in banned activity and illegally receiving foreign funds.
The decision on Sunday by investigating judges is likely to further sour relations between Egypt's military rulers and the United States, the Arab nation's chief western backer for more than 30 years.
Beside the 19 Americans, there are also five Serbs, two Germans and three non-Egyptian Arab nationals among the 43.
The Americans include 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.
A date has yet to be set for the start of the trial.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/05/egypt-sends-43-aid-workers-including-1-americans-to-trial-over-illegal-funds/#ixzz1lWI91Q12

 ADDED INFORMATION FROM REUTERS NEWS REGARDING THE EGYPT NGO PROBLEM.. WHY 
ARE WE GIVING THEM 1.3 BILLION  PER YEAR
I WONDER ?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several American citizens have taken refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Cairo amid a sharpening dispute between Washington and Egypt over U.S.-funded pro-democracy groups in the country, the State Department said on Monday.

The unusual step of offering ordinary U.S. citizens diplomatic refuge follows a crackdown by Egypt's military-led authorities on non-governmental organizations which has thrown a question mark over the future of U.S. aid to Egypt's military, now running at about $1.3 billion per year.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said a "handful" of U.S. NGO staff had sought and been granted permission to remain on embassy grounds after they were barred from leaving the country.

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