Top prosecutor Hisham Barakat ordered an investigation into claims against a number of Egyptian activists over charges of receiving foreign funds, a judicial source said.
Many claims were filed against activists saying they received foreign funding from the United States specifically.
The activists include Wael Abbas, Wael Ghonim, Amr Hamzawy, Esraa Abdel Fattah, Wael Qandil, Asmaa Mahfouz, Ayman Nour, Ahmed Douma, Alaa Abdel Fattah, Nawara Negm, Abderrahman Ezz, Essan Sultan, Moataz Abdel Fattah, Ahmed Maher, Gehad al-Haddad, Hesham al-Bastawisy, Ghada Shahbandar, Hafez Abu Se'da, Nasser Amin, Amr al-Shobaky, Ahmed Samih, Mazen Hassan, Hamdy Qenawy, Doaa Qassem, Marwa Mokhtar, Gamila Ismail, Maikel Mounir, Barbara Ibrahim and others.
A claim about secret meetings between former US Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson with activists, in order to divulge details about the internal situation in Egypt will also be investigated, the source said.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm