Egypt foreign funding trial postponed

CAIRO (AP) — One of the Egyptian defendants in the case of pro-democracy groups accused of illegally taking foreign funds says judges have postponed the trial until next month.

Rawda Saeed, one of 43 facing charges, said prosecution witnesses including Egypt's Minister of International Cooperation will address the court starting July 4. She said the next sessions would be closed to the media.

Only 17 defendants were in court Tuesday, including two Americans and one German. The other defendants are no longer inside Egypt, including six Americans who were allowed to leave in March.

Saeed said the judge released a dual national U.S.-Egyptian defendant who was detained Sunday upon his return from the United States to attend the trial.

The case has shaken U.S.-Egypt relations.