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19 Americans sent to criminal trial in Egypt

February 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Egypt referred 19 Americans to a trial on Sunday for allegedly receiving foreign funds illegally to foment unrest in the country.Security officials said 43 people total have been referred to the trial as part of an investigation into U.S.-funded groups promoting democracy and human rights in the country.

This puts a further strain on Egypt's relationship with the United States, as Egypt's campaign against the organizations has already angered Washington. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told Egypt's foreign minister on Saturday that failing to resolve the dispute may lead to the loss of $1.5 billion in American aid set aside for Egypt this year.

The son of transportation secretary Ray LaHood is among the group going to trial. The group has been banned from leaving the country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.