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Egypt lifts travel ban on US NGO workers accused of violating country's law

Cairo, Thu, 01 Mar 2012 ANI

Cairo, Mar 1 (ANI): Egypt has reportedly lifted a travel ban imposed on seven American NGO workers accused of using illegal foreign funds to foment unrest in the country.


In total, 43 activists have been charged for inciting protests against the nation's military rulers.


The group of activists includes 16 Americans who have been detained, out of which nine have already left the country.


US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, however, said on Wednesday she was not able to confirm reports that the travel ban had been lifted, The BBC reports.


According to the report, it is unclear when the seven Americans could be allowed to leave Egypt, or if charges will be dropped.


Some of the US citizens sought refuge at the US embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and among those still in the country is the son of US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.


Critics have slammed the investigation against NGO workers, saying it is an effort by the Egyptian military to silence its detractors, and undermine organisations that have spoken out over the transition to democracy. (ANI)


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