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Egypt - Jan 1, 2012 - 21:21

Last modified: 1 Jan 2012 18:21

Egypt's ruling military government has denied accusations from human rights groups that it tried to quash some of its most vocal opponents when it raided the offices of 17 non-governmental organisations last week. 

Egyptian government ministers told a news conference on Sunday that authorities had acted within the law as part of an investigation into illegal funding of political activities.

"These violations are criminal and the punishment could include imprisonment," the Reuters news agency quoted Justice Minister Adel Abdelhamid Abdallah as saying.