From Democracy Digest:

… The NGO workers will face trial in the Cairo criminal court on charges of “accepting funds and benefits from an international organization” to pursue an activity “prohibited by law,” Judge Ashraf al-Ashmawy said today…

 

… The list of accused NGO activists includes nineteen Americans, fourteen Egyptians, three Serbs, two Germans, two Lebanese, a Norwegian, a Palestinian and a Jordanian. One of the 19 is the International Republican Institute’s Sam LaHood, the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood…

 

… The prosecutions demonstrate the “government’s seriousness about discovering some of these groups’ plans to destabilize Egypt,” said Fayza Abul Naga, Egypt’s minister for international cooperation, widely viewed as the architect of the crackdown.

 

“This is the continuation of the Mubarak-era attacks on civil society groups and it’s worse because it’s being conducted by Mubarak-era minister [of insurance and international co-operation] Fayza Abul Naga,” said Gamal Eid, the head of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information…

 

… “I think the Egyptian military’s handling of this issue has been a disaster,” said Charles Dunne, director for Middle East and North Africa programs for Freedom House. “This represents another escalation by the Egyptian government in its war on civil society — and it’s not just the U.S. organizations, it’s the Egyptian organizations,” he told AFP…

 

… The U.S. State Department said it was “deeply concerned” by the reports of planned prosecutions. “We have seen media reports that judicial officials intend to forward a number of cases involving U.S.-funded NGOs to the Cairo criminal court,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters. “We are deeply concerned by these reports and are seeking clarification from Egypt,” she said…