The Cairo criminal court on Thursday acquitted 41 defendants in the case of foreign funding of NGOs after the court of cassation ordered their retrial in April.
In 2013, the court sentenced 27 defendants (including 18 Americans) in absentia to five years’ imprisonment after being charged with serving in foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) illegally and illegally up to $ 60 million in prison Money from abroad.
The court also sentenced five defendants, including one American, one German and three Egyptians, to two years’ imprisonment and eleven defendants to a suspended prison sentence of LE 1,000.
The criminal court accused the defendants of having established branches of international organizations in Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Assiut or Luxor between March 2011 and December 2011 without the approval of the Egyptian government.
The defendants established a branch of the International Republican Institute, based in the United States, as well as branches of Freedom House and the International Center for Journalists.
During this time, the defendants managed their financial, executive and administrative affairs by conducting several unlicensed political training programs, research and studies, as well as preparing and conducting opinion polls, workshops for some political parties and their media support forces to attract voters in their favor to mobilize.
Edited translation by Al-Masry Al-Youm.