IRI Statement on Rumored Prosecution of Americans in Egypt

February 5, 2012
 
Washington, DC – “Today’s leaks from unnamed sources that Egypt will prosecute at least 40 people, reflects escalating attacks against international and Egyptian democracy organizations.
 

“This politically motivated assault has repeatedly been referred to by Egyptian officials as a ‘legitimate judicial process.’  As the U.S. State Department noted in its April 2011 Human Rights report, Egypt’s ‘constitution provides for an independent judiciary, but in practice the judiciary was subject to executive influence and corruption.’

“The continued assault on American, German and Egyptian civil society is not a ‘legitimate judicial process.’  It is a politically motivated effort to squash Egypt’s growing civil society groups, orchestrated through the courts, in part by Mubarak-era hold overs.”

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