ANHRI lawyer Rawda Ahmed released on bail as part of Egypt’s foreign-funding case against NGOs

Accountability, Justice and Space for Civil Society, Alerts, Egypt

Yesterday, Ms Ahmed was summoned for interrogation by the investigating judge in case 173/2011, known as the ‘foreign funding case’ and then released on bail of 20,000 EGP (around 1,000 EUR).

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The 173 case dates back to December 2011, when Egyptian authorities stormed a number of foreign civil society organisations and formed an investigative committee to look into the activities of both foreign organisations operating in Egypt and local independent NGOs. This case led to a massive threat to close many Egyptian independent NGOs, including the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information.