Transport Secretary son found Guilty to 5 years in Egypt 2

Transport Secretary’s son found given 5 year sentence in Egypt.


CAIRO – The son of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood was among 16 Americans sentenced to jail in absentia by a court in Egypt Tuesday, part of a diplomatic dispute over the activities and funding of U.S.-backed pro-democracy groups.

Sam LaHood was given a five-year sentence and fined 1,000 Egyptian pounds ($143).

He is among 43 U.S. citizens and foreign nationals to face trial over what Egypt called a crackdown on non-profit organizations working in Cairo without required licenses.

However, opposition groups claim the cases were brought in order to harass activists involved in the country’s 2011 Arab Spring revolt – which led to the removal of former leader Hosni Mubarak – and the subsequent transfer of powers from the military to civilians.

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