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A plane carrying seven American pro-democracy activists on trial over their activities took off from Cairo airport after sunset Thursday after the U.S. posted nearly $5 million in bail, officials said, easing a diplomatic crisis over charges that their groups funded and promoted anti-government protests in Egypt.
A plane carrying seven American pro-democracy workers took off from the Cairo airport after sunset Thursday, airport officials said, easing a deep crisis in relations over charges that their groups funded and promoted anti-government protests in Egypt.
Americans facing trial in Egypt because of the activities of their pro-democracy groups are caught in a dispute over aid between the U.S. government and Egypt, a lawyer representing the Americans said Tuesday.
Egypt on Monday released the names of 19 Americans who face trial over foreign funding of activities of their nonprofit groups in Egypt, a case that has soured U.S.-Egypt relations.
Egyptians are becoming incensed by rising lawlessness and falling security — evidenced by last week's deadly post-soccer match melee — as protests mount against the military council that has ruled the country since the ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak last February.
Ignoring a stern U.S. threat, Egypt on Sunday referred 43 NGO workers, including 19 Americans, to trial before a criminal court for allegedly using illegal foreign funds to foment unrest.
Three American democracy advocates barred by Egyptian authorities from leaving the country have sought refuge at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, officials said Monday, as tensions between the two allied nations sharply escalated over a probe into foreign-funded organizations.
Egypt is preventing at least 10 Americans and Europeans from leaving the country, including the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, raising tensions with Washington over a campaign by Egypt's military against groups promoting democracy and human rights.