Egypt MPs to probe letting NGO foreigners go


Egypt’s parliament is to probe and “hold accountable” anyone who intervened to allow foreign activists on trial to leave the country, the house speaker said Saturday, as a new trial date was set for the defendants.. Saad al-Katatni said parliament would summon Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri on March 11 to explain the decision and “hold accountable those responsible for this crime, which represented a blatant intervention in the affairs of Egypt’s judiciary.” After months of pressure from Washington, 13 of the foreign defendants including six Americans, according to the US State Department, were allowed to fly out of Cairo airport on Thursday after posting bail, sparking outrage in Egypt. The travel ban was lifted after the trial judges recused themselves on Tuesday. A new court will hear the case on March 8, the official MENA news agency reported.