Egypt names 19 of US to face trial

2012-02-06 21:26

Cairo - Egypt has released the names of 19 Americans who face trial over activities of their non-profit groups in Egypt, a case that has soured US-Egypt relations.

One of the 19 is the son of US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Sam LaHood and five other Americans are in Egypt. The others have left, according to a statement from the Egyptian prosecutor's office.

Altogether, 43 people face trials over alleged illegal activities by their pro-democracy groups. Egypt charges that they fund and support anti-government protests.

Washington has reacted angrily to the case, which started with raids last month on the offices of the groups. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned it could jeopardize US aid to Egypt, which amounts to more than $1bn a year.