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Egypt convicts 43, including Americans, in NGO case
Reuters ^ | Tue Jun 4, 2013 6:40pm EDT | Shaimaa Fayed and Maggie Fick

Posted on 06/04/2013 4:13:30 PM PDT by Pan_Yan

(Reuters) - An Egyptian court convicted 43 Americans, Europeans, Egyptians and other Arabs on Tuesday in a case against democracy promotion groups that plunged U.S.-Egyptian ties into their worst crisis in decades.

Judge Makram Awad gave five-year sentences to 27 defendants tried in absentia including 15 U.S. citizens. Another American who stayed for trial was given a two-year sentence but left Egypt on Tuesday on the advice of his lawyers. A German woman was also given a two-year sentence.

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The Egyptian investigation focused on charges that the groups were operating without necessary approvals and had received funds from abroad illegally. Eleven Egyptians who faced lesser charges were handed one-year suspended sentences.

Beginning in late 2011, Egypt's crackdown on organizations which included U.S.-based groups linked to America's two main political parties caused outrage in Washington, which supplies Cairo with $1.3 billion in military aid each year.

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The Americans sentenced in absentia include the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

At one point Egypt placed travel bans on the suspects, including U.S. citizens who took refuge in the U.S. embassy. They were allowed to leave the country on bail of $330,000 each, money that ultimately came from the U.S. government.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; egypt; ngo

1 posted on 06/04/2013 4:13:30 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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Question: Since the Americans were charged and convicted of felonies (even though this was in Egypt) are they going to lose their 2nd Amendment rights in the USA?


2 posted on 06/04/2013 4:17:07 PM PDT by MeganC (You can take my gun when you can grab it with your cold, dead fingers.)
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To: Pan_Yan

So, Nobama gave Mubarak the boot in Egypt and they show their appreciation by attacking the US Embassy and making his Transportation Secretary a convicted felon? Yep, that new approach to Middle East policy is sure working.


3 posted on 06/04/2013 4:21:22 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Pan_Yan

Thanks, Obama! You SOB.


4 posted on 06/04/2013 4:28:50 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Pan_Yan

Isn’t that what you do to protesters? (DOJ, IRS)


5 posted on 06/04/2013 5:44:40 PM PDT by jimfree (In November 2016 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: Pan_Yan
The new convicts include Ray Lahood's very leftie son ...

They were allowed to leave the country on bail of $330,000 each, money that ultimately came from the U.S. government.

So will the American embassy fork over $330,000 to (ransom) 15 embassy personnel and an ambassador under attack?

6 posted on 06/04/2013 5:57:24 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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“The court ordered the closure of the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in the case, including the U.S.-based International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI) and ***Freedom House***.

Both NDI and IRI plan to challenge the verdict.”

So Freedom House isn’t challenging? Interesting.

Info on Freedom House:
http://watch.pair.com/FreedomHouse.html
More here:
http://mediachecker.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/25/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_House

International Republican Institute w/ links to the Democratic orgs and there’s more of them than republican:

The IRI operates as a political organization abroad, providing training and assistance to favoured political parties. As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, it plays no part in domestic U.S. politics. However, the majority of its board, staff and consultants are drawn from the Republican Party.[2] Its sister organization, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, draws mainly from the Democratic Party.

IRI works with the following organizations:
United States State Department
United States Agency for International Development
National Endowment for Democracy
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
International Foundation for Election Systems

In Europe, IRI has established a partnership with the European People’s Party (EPP).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Republican_Institute

International ACORN, Unions, International Freedom House and more were all involved in Arab Spring and coordinated by the State Department. ....

“...Shadi Hamid, director of research at the ***Brookings Doha Center***, a think-tank based in the Gulf.”

About Us - Brookings Doha Center

Based in Qatar, the Brookings Doha Center is an initiative of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., that advances high-quality, independent policy analysis and research on the Middle East. The Center maintains a reputation for policy impact and cutting-edge, field-oriented research on socioeconomic and geopolitical issues facing the broader Middle East, including relations with the United States.

The Brookings Doha Center International Advisory Council is co-chaired by H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani, prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of the State of Qatar, and Brookings President Strobe Talbott. Members include: Madeleine Albright, Samuel Berger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Edward Djerejian, Wajahat Habibullah, Musa Hitam, Pervez Hoodhboy, Rima Khalaf Hunaidi, Nemir Kirdar, Rami Khouri, Atta-ur-Rahman, Ismail Serageldin and Fareed Zakaria. Salman Shaikh serves as the center’s director.
http://www.brookings.edu/about/centers/doha/about

“The other defendants sentenced in absentia included citizens of Norway, Serbia, Germany and Arab states.”

“The U.S.-based groups were training Egyptians in advocacy, voter education and election monitoring.”

International Acorn, Unions, International Freedom, IRI and oother institutes, such as, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the American Center for International Labor Solidarity, and the Center for International Private Enterprise. They provide technical assistance to political bodies worldwide.

The majority of the IRI’s funding comes from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US State Department, and the National Endowment for Democracy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Republican_Institute


7 posted on 06/04/2013 6:31:33 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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Sam LaHood, the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the head of the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Cairo office, was blocked from departing Egypt earlier this week. He, along with a dozen other colleagues from American non-government organizations (NGO), have been placed on an Egyptian “no-fly” list, officials with IRI told Yahoo News Thursday...
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/envoy/egypt-bars-son-us-transportation-secretary-ray-lahood-155413441.html

The International Republican Institute (IRI), an institute which works closely with the State Department etc - see some info with link above. The State Department is the


8 posted on 06/04/2013 6:39:49 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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