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Egypt sets 8 March to restart NGO trial

Case against NGO workers to resume on 8 March according to court

AFP, Saturday 3 Mar 2012

A Cairo court is to restart the trial of foreign democracy activists on 8 March, state media reported on Saturday, after the previous trial judges dropped out.

The case against 43 defendants, including Americans who have mostly left the country, will take place in a Cairo criminal court on 8 March, the official MENA news agency reported.

The judges in the previous trial, which had opened last Sunday, recused themselves two days later without publicising their reasons.

Cairo appeals court head Abdel Moez Ibrahim had said that the controversial decision to lift a travel ban on the foreign defendants was taken after it became apparent the charges were misdemeanors.

But the case has again been referred to a criminal court, MENA reported. The defendants are accused of receiving illicit foreign funds to operate unlicensed NGOs.

Thirteen Americans were among the 20 people who flew out of Cairo airport on Thursday after the ban was lifted. The other defendants are Egyptian, Palestinian, Norwegian, Serbian and German nationals.

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