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February 20, 2012 1:51 pm

U.S. Senators in Egypt as Trial of American NGO Workers Nears

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Sentor Lindsey Graham, who is part of the delegation in Egypt. Photo: wiki commons.

Bloomberg – A delegation of U.S. officials including Senator John McCain met Egyptian officials in Cairo before a trial of nongovernmental workers including 19 Americans that threatens to derail relations between the two countries.

McCain and U.S. senators Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham discussed the case today with Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of the ruling military council. The criminal trial of 43 NGO workers, who face charges that include illegally accepting payments from abroad, is due to begin on Feb. 26. The son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who works for the Washington-based International Republican Institute, is among the accused.

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