Egypt Will Try LaHood Son, 42 NGO Workers
Sam LaHood, 18 Americans headed for trial in political showdown
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 5, 2012 9:50 AM CST
Egyptian protestors carry an injured youth to a filed hospital during clashes with security forces near the Interior Ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012.   (Nathalie Bardou)

(Newser) – Egyptian investigating judges today referred 43 NGO workers, including 19 Americans, to trial before a criminal court for allegedly being involved in banned activities and illegally receiving foreign funds. Among the Americans is Sam LaHood, the head of the Egypt office of the International Republican Institute and the son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Egypt had previously banned the younger LaHood from leaving. Five Serbs, two Germans, and three non-Egyptian Arab nationals were also referred to trial.

The referral is the latest development in a long-running row over Egypt's crackdown on US-funded groups promoting democracy and human rights. Yesterday, Hillary Clinton warned that failure to resolve the dispute may lead to the loss of $1.3 billion in military assistance and $250 million in economic aid. Already, Egyptian authorities are preventing at least six Americans and four Europeans from leaving the country, citing a probe opened last month when heavily armed security forces raided the offices of 17 pro-democracy and rights groups.

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Feb 6, 2012 10:27 AM CST
The Arabs believe holding hostages is a good strategy. What are Islamists expecting out of this? Or did they check the resumes of these "NGO" helpers only to find their educations and training blacked out for national security reasons. Seems they are attended the CIA University. Ya think? This is major league blackmail. No matter who they work for.
Feb 6, 2012 12:14 AM CST
here's hoping LaHood gets sentenced to 50 years in the slammer for meddling in Egyptian internal affairs
Feb 5, 2012 3:25 PM CST
Cut the aid. If they don't want to play by our rules then they don't get to sit at our table. Cut em off.