Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Calls On Egypt To Dismiss Charges Against Sam Lahood, Other American NGO Workers

Sam LaHood Was Sentenced To Five-Year Jail Term In Egypt On June 4th   

Bipartisan Letter To Egyptian President Morsi Found HERE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) fought for Sam LaHood, son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, by calling on Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to dismiss charges against LaHood and the 42 other non-governmental organizations’ (NGO) workers who were found guilty in Egyptian court on June 4th.  LaHood was among 16 Americans sentenced to jail in absentia as part of a diplomatic dispute over the activities and funding of U.S-backed pro-democracy groups.  LaHood was given a five-year sentence and fined 1,000 Egyptian pounds ($143).     

In the bipartisan letter to Morsi, Bustos expressed “severe disappointment in the June 4th guilty verdict rendered by an Egyptian court against 43 non-governmental organizations’ workers – a diverse group that included 17 Americans” and urged Morsi to “reconsider this matter and return confiscated property to the NGO’s, dismiss charges against all NGO workers, and permit them to continue their work supporting a free, fair and open and democratic society.”

A copy of the bipartisan letter can be found HERE.