Foreign NGO workers leave Egypt after travel ban lift
Seventeen foreign democracy activists, including Americans, at the centre of a row between Egypt and the US, have left Cairo after a travel ban was lifted.
They flew out on a US military plane which was reportedly heading to Cyprus.
The activists – who worked at non-governmental organisations – were on trial for allegedly receiving illegal foreign funding and stirring up unrest.
The case – which is continuing – caused a major rift, risking $1.3bn (£813m) in US aid to Egypt.
The foreign defendants are American, Palestinian, Norwegian, Serbian and German. They could still be tried and convicted in absentia.
In all, 43 activists were accused, including a number of Egyptian nationals who still face legal proceedings.
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