Son of Ray LaHood detained in Egypt

Sam LaHood, director of a pro-democracy group, was prevented from entering a Cairo airport. The military government in Egypt has been squelching political opposition.

The son of US Department of Transportation (USDOT) secretary Ray LaHood has been barred from leaving Egypt, according to a widely spread report Thursday.

Sam LaHood is a director of the International Republican Institute, or IRI, a Washington, D.C., civil society group with an operation in Egypt.

Egypt forced IRI, a nonprofit organization, to close in December, after accusing the group of instigating unrest in the country.

The IRI established its presence in Egypt under Hosni Mubarak, the former president who was overthrown in a public revolt in 2011.

The military assumed control of the government following the ouster of Mubarak.

The report stated Sam LaHood learned about his travel ban when he was refused entry to an airport in Cairo.

Ray LaHood, a Republican from Illinois, is a former congressman. He was named secretary of USDOT in 2009.