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Egypt prosecutor probes accusations that activists were ‘foreign funded’

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Egypt’s public prosecutor is looking into legal complaints against some prominent activists, a judicial source at the prosecutor’s office told Reuters on Saturday.

The complaints accuse the activists of accepting money from the United States and other countries and say that diplomatic cables from Wikileaks support the claim, Reuters reported.

The source said the prosecutor received complaints from private citizens against 35 pro-democracy and rights activists, many of whom played an important role in the 2011 uprising against ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

They include activist Ahmed Maher, blogger Ahmed Douma and liberal politician Amr Hamzawy.

Hamzawy has denied the allegations on his Twitter account.

“Claims that I got foreign money are completely untrue, the campaign of fabrication and distortion must immediately stop,” he wrote on his page.

No Wikileaks cable has been specified, but according to Reuters, some cables talk about the then-U.S. ambassador meeting or having dinner with activists in 2007 and 2008.

Rights lawyer Gamal Eid told Reuters the accusations were false.

“[The complaint] is from people who know that it is false but who try to silence activists’ demands for the realization of the demands of the revolution,” he was quoted as saying.

(With Reuters)