Sen. Casey warns of ‘serious impact’ from Egyptian nonprofit convictions

The activists were sentenced to terms of up to five years in prison for allegedly using foreign funds to destabilize the country. The ruling rekindled congressional calls to cut foreign aid to Egypt, which gets about $1.5 billion in annual aid from the United States — most of it military — under the terms of its peace deal with Israel.

The U.S. workers include the son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Like most of the other Americans, Sam LaHood was sentenced in absentia, having left the country shortly after the charges were first announced during the period of military rule last year.

The ruling also ordered the closure of the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House and the seizure of their assets.

The decision comes as Egyptian authorities push a proposed law that the Obama administration says would crack down on civil society.

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