08 Feb '12, 8pm

NGO case shows that democracy remains an enemy of the current #Egypt regime

NGO case shows that democracy remains an enemy of the current #Egypt regime

CAIRO: Egyptian judges probing alleged illegal foreign funding of non-governmental organisations accused domestic and foreign groups on Wednesday of illegally meddling in politics, further straining ties with key ally Washington. The NGOs are operating "without licence," and their work "constitutes pure political activity and has nothing to do with civil society work," Judge Sameh Abu Zeid told a news conference. The judge said December raids on 17 NGO offices as part of a probe into illegal funding had been conducted "according to the law." "It is a very large and complicated case involving hundreds of people and organisations, Egyptian and foreign," he said. He said dozens of people had been referred to trial because there was deemed to be enough evidence. Among them are 19 Americans, a fact that prompted a trio of leading US senators to warn Egypt on Tuesday that the ri...

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