Chaotic 1st day for trial in Egypt
Case vs. nonprofits is put off till April
The politically charged criminal trial of 16 Americans and 27 others accused of running unauthorized and foreign-backed nonprofit groups opened chaotically on in Cairo on Sunday and then was abruptly put off for nearly two months, all without any hint of resolution of the crisis. Fourteen defendants appeared Sunday in the courtroom, but none of the accused Americans were present. Only seven of the Americans remain in the country, and they have taken refuge in the U.S. Embassy for fear of arrest.