February 26th, 2012 by Editor
On February 26, 2012, North Cairo Criminal Court postponed the foreign fund lawsuit session to April 26, lawsuit no. 1110, year 2012, Kasr Al Nile. The lawsuit includes 43 political and human rights activists, among them are 19 Americans, 2 Germans and 16 Egyptians. The activists belong to International Center for U.S. reporters, Freedom House, IRI and NDI from America and Konrad Adenauer from Germany.
The prosecution general charged the activists founding branches of international organizations without official licenses from the hosting country, providing political training for local political parties’ leaders and members, supporting the campaigning efforts of some parliamentary candidates and drafting reports in this concern, sent to the United States. They were also charged with receiving money within their personal banking accounts in order to fund the abovementioned activities.
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) followed up the foreign fund lawsuit since the beginning. The defending lawyers, Negad Al Borai, Hafez Abu Seada, Ahmed Abdel Hafez and Mohamed Moneb, called for postponement of the lawsuit discussion on order to review the charges against the activists. Some lawyers attended the court session and called for civil rights and an emergency compensation of LE 100.000 to be paid by the accused persons.
At the end of the session, the judge decided postponement of the lawsuit discussion to April 26, 2012 and providing each accused person with an interpreter of his or her nationality.
Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, stressed on the significance of the right to peaceful assembly. He also stated that what has happened represents an unjustified attack against the civil society organizations; it does not comply with the principals of human rights and the rule of law, called by the Egyptian revolution. The standards used for handling political parties and syndicates are different from those used for handling the civil society organizations, although all of them are partners in the democratic transformation process in Egypt.
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