Egypt adjourns trial of NGO workers until April 26
Saturday, February 25, 2012
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court has adjourned the trial of 16 Americans and 27 others who for pro-democracy groups until April 26.
Judge Mahmoud Mohammed Shoukry presided over a chaotic opening session of the trial Sunday before adjourning the case until the end of April.
The NGO workers have been charged with operating without a license and using illegal foreign funds to foment unrest.
Thirteen Egyptian defendants were in court for the opening hearing. They were held in a metal cage, as is customary in Egyptian trials.
Of the 16 Americans charged in the case, seven have been banned from leaving Egypt. They were not in court Sunday.