BREAKING: American Flees Egypt After Conviction In NGO Crackdown Case

Robert Becker, the lone American to stay in Egypt to face charges in a case against foreign-funded pro-democracy groups, has escaped the country according to a post on his twitter account.

Becker, who was among 43 non-profit democracy activists convicted of illegally using foreign funds to foment unrest in the country, received a two year jail term on Tuesday. The other Americans escaped the country earlier during the process after their employers paid $330,000 a piece in bail — with the money ultimately coming from the U.S. government.

Becker was terminated by his former employer, the National Democratic Institute, after choosing to remain in country to face charges in solidarity with his Egyptian colleagues. David Kenner at Foreign Policy has an behind the scenes look at this decision and how Egyptian employees of the National Democratic Institute viewed the group’s work to get American employees out of the country.