The NGO workers have been accused of using foreign funds to encourage unrest and of operating without a license. If convicted, the workers face a prison term of five years.
The trial was postponed on June 5 after the court decided to hear the prosecution witnesses, who include Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abolnaga. The court sessions, which have taken place since the start of the trial at the end of February, have thus far only been procedural.
Two of the five NGOs are linked to US Congressmen and 16 workers are from the US. Therefore, some US officials have said the charges are politically motivated and have demanded the US to stop its aid to Egypt if the case is not resolved.
Human rights groups have called the trial an attempt to block free speech.
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