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Egypt PM defends action against NGOs


After recent threats by the United States to cut the annual 1.3bn dollars aid if Egypt doesn’t stop the crackdown on american NGOs, Kamal el-Ganzouri, Egypt’s military-backed prime minister said that they won’t quit over pressure from Western countries. There are currently 19 Americans and 24 others on trial , being accused of illegally using foreign money to support unrest in Egypt. Judges say evidence against these NGOs include maps, cash and videos taken from churches and military facilities. “Cash in millions was seized along with bank drafts, cheques, counterfoils and ATM cards. Their activities include training of political parties, rallying for certain candidates, and soliciting votes”, Sameh Abu-Zeid, one of the two judges on the case, said. Among the Americans on trial is Ray LaHood, son of the U.S. transportation secretary.

Al Jazeera, Qatar

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