Illegal funding from abroad and disturbing the peace: the allegation was, as the 43 NGO employees more than five years ago in Egypt, many were convicted you in your absence. Now a court has spoken, at least 40 Convicted. The news Agency dpa, speaking of 40, the news Agency AFP of 43 people.

Among the free-spoken, two representatives of the CDU-affiliated Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS). The Foundation of the news Agency AFP confirmed. Thus, a “wrong judgment” of the world, whether it was from the CDU-affiliated Foundation in Berlin.

In June 2013, the 43 defendants have been sentenced to prison for between one and five years. Egypt’s highest court of appeal had ordered a retrial.

Previously, 16 the NGO had appealed to representatives to appeal against their conviction. Among the defendants, U.S. citizens, Europeans, Egyptians and citizens of other Arab States. Also, the former office head of the KAS office in Cairo and another employee were at the time of their conviction are not present. The two were sentenced to five and two years in prison. Like most of the defendants, they were able to leave Egypt in 2012. Both had been imprisoned at any time, explained the Foundation.

re-opening the work in Egypt “no automatism”

The court of the permanent closure of the KAS and the rest of the non-governmental organizations in Egypt ordered at that time. The Foundation said it was “no automaticity”, according to the judgment of the work in Egypt again. The Situation will be assessed, it said.

The ruling had led to fierce international criticism of Egypt. The Federal government had repeatedly called for the setting of the procedure and the recovery of the working ability of the Adenauer Foundation. The Foreign office summoned the chargé d’affaires of the Egyptian Embassy.

The good year court process was based on the arrangement of the Egyptian judiciary, which was in December 2011, the offices of 17 organizations in Cairo to browse, including the Adenauer Foundation. During the raids, documents and computers were seized. The 43 defendants have been accused of not authorised branch established, and to have this funded from abroad.

Egypt is going on since the military coup against Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013 increased against non-governmental organizations. Morsi’s overthrow was led by General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, since 2014, President of Egypt. Human rights groups accuse his government of human rights crimes and the suppression of opposition.

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