Foreign NGO workers leave Egypt after travel ban lift

English: View from Cairo Tower

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.



Posted on March 1, 2012, in Egypt and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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