sub-egypt-articleLarge-v2New York Times:

… A State Department airplane flew all but Mr. Becker out of Egypt last week and none returned Thursday for the trial despite their pledges to do so. The judge ordered their arrest as fugitives if they return to Egypt.

 

Mr. Becker’s lawyer, Tharwat Abdel Shaheed, said in court that his client chose to stay ‘because he has confidence in the Egyptian judiciary and because he is certain of his innocence.’

 

The diplomats who worked frantically for weeks to try to arrange the exit deal did so in part to avoid the humiliating and potentially politically explosive image of United States citizens locked in a cage. But Mr. Becker’s last-minute refusal to leave meant that the spectacle unfolded despite their efforts…

 

… Prosecutors handling the case have raised an array of inflammatory allegations that the nonprofit groups were conspiring with Israel and the C.I.A. to manipulate the Egyptian revolution or even break apart the country. But as a matter of law, Mr. Becker and 42 others are accused of accepting unauthorized foreign financing for unlicensed nonprofit groups…

 

… Most of the 42, including 15 Americans, are now outside the country. But about a dozen Egyptian employees of the American-backed groups continue to face trial along with Mr. Becker. Mr. Becker can still leave the country if he chooses…