Egyptian group discredits U.S. efforts for Americans' release

By WEEK Producer

February 15, 2012 Updated Feb 15, 2012 at 8:30 PM CDT

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has rejected U-S efforts to get charges dropped against Peorian Sam LaHood and 18 other Americans in Egypt.

Sam LaHood, son of the Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, heads up a non-Governmental Organization which Egyptian leaders accuse of sowing chaos following the fall of Hosni Mubarek. LaHood has been told he will face trial, and that he cannot leave Egypt.

The Muslim Brotherhood says the U.S. money sent to LaHood's organization was being spent to "destroy Egypt."

Today on Capitol Hill, Ray LaHood thanked U.S. Senators who expressed their concern for his son.

Secretary LaHood said, "Thank you for the kindness and your kind words about my son and what's happening in Egypt and your interest in that. We appreciate that very much."

Over the weekend, top Egyptian and American generals met to talk about the situation in Cairo. The military has been in charge of Egypt since the fall of Mubarek

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