Foreign and Egyptian NGO workers are set to go on trial before an Egyptian court on Sunday on charges of receiving illegal funds and operating without approval, despite US efforts to have charges dropped.

Judicial sources say the 43 pro-democracy political trainers, among them 19 Americans, worked with parties and activists to push a US agenda.

The United States, the main foreign benefactor of Egypt's military rulers, has warned that the trial of the activists may imperil that aid.

Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna reports from Cairo.

Source: Al Jazeera