Court postpones ruling on decision to freeze assets of Egyptian rights activists

Ahram Online , Thursday 24 Mar 2016

The court postponed its ruling on a decision by a judicial committee to freeze the assets of several Egyptian human rights activists accused of receiving illegal funds for their NGOs

Bahgat and Eid
Hossam Bahgat (L) and Gamal Eid (Photo: Reuters/Hossam Bahgat Twitter account)

A Cairo court delayed on Thursday issuing a ruling on the freezing of assets of several Egyptian human rights activists to 20 April after a request by the prosecution.

Last week, a judicial committee overseeing an investigation into the alleged illegal funding of NGOs issued a decision to freeze the assets of four Egyptian human rights activists and their families, including renowned activists Hossam Bahgat and Gamal Eid.

The freeze order came as part of a five-year-old investigation into rights activists accused of receiving illegal funding for their NGOs from foreign sources.

Bahgat's lawyer Taher Abul-Nasr told Ahram Online that the assets of the two activists were not frozen as the court had not yet approved the committee's decision.

The case dates back to 2011, when the Egyptian Ministry of Justice accused several NGOs of illegally receiving funds from foreign governments and institutions based on reports issued at the time by the National Security Agency and the General Intelligence Service.

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