Egypt court sentences 15 Americans in NGO case, jails 1

June 4, 2013 14:23

Cairo- An Egyptian court sentenced at least 15 US citizens in absentia to five years in jail on Tuesday and one American who stood trial was jailed for two years in a case against foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Judge Makram Awad also ordered the closure of the NGOs, including the US-based International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute.He gave five-year sentences in absentia to 11 other defendants identified by the charge sheet as nationals of Norway, Serbia, Germany and Arab states. At least 11 Egyptians were given one-year suspended sentences.

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