Cairo criminal court adjourned on Saturday, November 3, the trial of 43 foreign and Egyptian NGO workers to the session of December 2.
The defendants are accused of illegally receiving foreign funds and operating in Egypt without permission from the authorities.
Among the accused are 19 American citizens, 14 Egyptians and 10 other non-Egyptian nationals.
The delay is decided to allow the lawyers of the defendants to give their arguments before the court.
The court today heard the prosecution's representative who accused the defendants of defrauding the Egyptian people. He concluded his remarks by imploring the court to apply the harshest punishment on the accused.
Some Egyptian officials have linked the funding of civil society initiatives to a U.S. plot to undermine Egypt’s sovereignty while the United States and the civil society workers deny the accusations.
The defendants, including the son of the U.S. transportation secretary, are accused of receiving illegal funds from abroad and carrying out political activities unrelated to their civil society work.
The trial began earlier in February and resulted in an unusual confrontation between Cairo and Washington due to the involvement of a number of US organizations in the case.
Although the case is still going on, the American defendants departed Egypt on March 1, when the Supreme Council of the Armed Force (SCAF) was ruling the country.
Story: Trial of defendants in NGO foreign funding case adjourned to December 2
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 3, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: November 3, 2012
Video Size: 69.7 MB
1- Various external shot of Cairo Criminal Court headquarters in New Cairo
2- Zoom out shot of the judges at the court room
3- Zoom out shot of defendants inside the dock
4- Various shots of the court session
5- Pan right shot of the judges concluding the session and leaving
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7- SOUNDBITE 2
8- Wide shot of people leaving after the trial session
9- Various external shot of Cairo Criminal Court headquarters in New Cairo