Egypt denies lifting travel ban on U.S. defendants of NGO case

March 1, 2012 10:05 am 

CAIRO, March 1 — The Egyptian general prosecutor denied on Wednesday reports of lifting the travel ban on the U.S. defendants in the illegal U.S.-funded NGO case, local media reported.

General prosecution spokesman Adel el-Saeed said the prosecution is not entitled to take measures in the NGO case according to the law, the official news agency MENA reported.

The travel ban was issued by judges, not the public prosecution, Saeed said, stressing that "two judges issued the travel ban on the accused people and referred them to the Cairo Criminal Court."

The 43 defendants, including 19 Americans, face charges of establishing branches of international organizations in Egypt without work permits and receiving foreign money to fund these branches, which is considered a violation of the Egyptian sovereignty. (PNA/Xinhua)

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