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Fox News alert now group of Americans held in Egypt are on a plane heading out of Cairo.
The travel ban against them has been lifted.
For a price Egypt asking for 300000 dollars in bail for each person.
The money was provided we are told by each of the defendants nongovernmental.
The Americans included the son of transportation secretary Ray LaHood they worked and nonprofit groups who were promoting democracy in Egypt.
They've been accused of stirring up anti government unrest with illegal foreign funds.
The case infuriated Washington which threatened to cut off more than a billion dollars in annual aid to Egypt.
So did Egypt just get a reward.
For putting some young Americans.
Essentially to holding them hostage.
Charles Dunn is the director of Middle East and North Africa programs at freedom house.
One of the groups that was targeted he had several Egyptian colleagues who -- charged in Egypt and he himself is under indictment.
By the Egyptian government Charles welcome back to the program.
You're reaction out of -- news that the Americans have been allowed to leave at last.
Well first of all I'm thankful that they have been allowed to leave it will no longer face the prosecution under what has become very political case.
In Egypt I hope it's a welcome first step towards more comprehensive resolution of this and -- problem.
What do you make Charles of the money the 300000 bucks I mean it feels to many like a ransom that that these employers had to pay.
To get the Americans back on US soil.
Well it's certainly a high price to pay for prosecution that never should have taken place Egyptian authorities of course described debate as -- I'm going to leave it at that I -- a lot of people have many questions as well -- going forward.
Doesn't encourage bad behavior you know when you win it when -- They hold these Americans for no legitimate reason you and I've talked about that before he can and what do we do in response -- give them a huge -- to the tune of well.
Five million -- -- American taxpayer money.
But still that that money being paid by News Corp.
five million dollars the richer now for their actions.
Well I don't think we've heard the last to the story of course the Egyptian aid is still in question because the certification requirement that the administration has to deal with.
Probably next month before their FMF can be released his Egypt making progress for -- democratic transition.
And a personal circumstances that would be very difficult to certify.
So I think there's going to be a lot of questions on this entire thing going forward.
We're also very worried about the effect it's gonna have -- authoritarian regimes and how they deal with NGOs and their countries.
Any chance are billion dollars in aid to Egypt winds up five million dollar dollars short in the coming year.
-- I think -- -- Congo -- pushing for congress should decide.
And as -- say there watching this very very closely to see how this plays out going -- is it should Americans be relieved today not only that you know are American citizens are on their way back home safe and sound but.
This even though it came at a hefty price.
Was heading into an international crisis that had a lot of dangerous.
Consequences attached to it if one side didn't blink.
I I think that's right I think people should be happy that the Americans are headed home but they should remember.
The third dozens of egyptians including four of my staff as you mentioned who still face prosecution.
The chargers haven't been -- our offices are still closed.
Our property that was provided by the American taxpayers dollar has still been confiscated.
We can't operate and many Egyptian organizations are still under threat of prosecution is just -- on.
It's a very troubling sign in what is -- supposed to be an ally.
Who wants a democratic transition.
You still determined to go back over their face the charges against you.
Well we've been obviously in touch with our our legal staff here and in -- and Washington I don't think it would help the situation at present that's certainly what we've been told.
What we want to see is our Egyptian employees.
Get out of jeopardy.
Yeah you've been talking of the misses again having to.
I certainly have.
I think -- you think you Charles.
Burgers you didn't see Charles and his initial appearance Husseini Michael back over there -- there holding the American not letting lead to answer the charges that I have and whether -- which supported that.
-- of the things that I don't think so Charles.
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