US 'deeply concerned' about NGO cases sent to Egypt court

February 5, 2012 23:08

SHANNON, Ireland - The US State Department said on Sunday it was "deeply concerned" by reports that Egyptian judicial officials plan to forward cases involving US-funded NGOs to Cairo's criminal courts and want clarification from the Egyptian government.

"We have seen media reports that judicial officials intend to forward a number of cases involving US-funded NGOs to the Cairo criminal court," US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters in Shannon, Ireland.

"We are deeply concerned by these reports and are seeking clarification from Egypt," she said. Nuland is traveling with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The cases of 40 people - including US citizens, other foreigners and Egyptians embroiled in a dispute over the activities and funding of pro-democracy groups - have been referred to court, Egyptian judicial sources said on Sunday.

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