Egypt convicts 43 NGO workers, including 16 Americans, on charges of using foreign funds to foment unrest

by Griff Witte

A photo from March 2012 shows Robert Becker of the National Democratic Institute, who has been given a two-year sentence. An Egyptian court convicted and sentenced to jail 43 nonprofit workers, including 16 Americans. Photo:Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Tuesday convicted and sentenced to jail 43 nonprofit workers, including 16 Americans, in a case that has alarmed democracy advocates who fear a shrinking space for civil society more than two years after the country’s revolution.