Egypt police search rights groups offices

Intimidation

At least two US rights groups -- The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI) -- are being targeted by the operation, a spokeswoman for Human Rights Watch and judicial sources said.
The Arab Centre for the Independence of Justice (ACIJ) was also being investigated, its head Nasser Amin said, as was the Egyptian Budgetary and Human Rights Organisation, according to another judicial source.
"Members of the police force and the army entered our organisation's headquarters accompanied by members of the prosecution," ACIJ's Amin said.
The search operations were ordered by the prosecution service "following complaints of the NGOs (non-governmental organisations) receiving foreign support," a court official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
An AFP journalist saw access to the Cairo offices of the NDI being prohibited by members of the security forces, while men were seen carrying out boxes full of documents.