USA v. Girgis, Pierre
Agent of Egypt
Pierre Girgis, a dual Egyptian and U.S. citizen, was charged with acting and conspiring to act in the United States as an unregistered agent of the Arab Republic of Egypt. From at least approximately 2014 to 2019, Girgis, a native of Egypt, acted in the United States as an agent of the Egyptian government without notifying the U.S. Attorney General as required by law. He operated at the direction and control of multiple officials of the Egyptian government in an effort to further the interests of the Egyptian government in the United States. Among other things, at the direction of Egyptian government officials, Girgis tracked and obtained information regarding political opponents of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. He also leveraged his connections with local U.S. law enforcement officers to collect non-public information at the direction of Egyptian officials, arranged benefits for Egyptian officials who were visiting Manhattan, and coordinated meetings between U.S. and Egyptian law enforcement in the United States, including by attempting to arrange for Egyptian officials to attend police trainings. Girgis is a resident of Manhattan, and is charged with one count of conspiring to act as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the Attorney General.