By Adam Levine, with reporting from Mohamed Fadel Fahmy in Cairo
The Egyptian judges in the case against American and other employees of non-governmental organizations has recused themselves from the case, the head of Egypt's appeals court tells CNN.
"The three judges handling the NGO case have submitted a memo indicating their decision to step down from the case. As the head of the Appeals Court, I will look at the judicial rotation tomorrow and appoint a new judge to head the case,' Nabdel Moez Ibrahim told CNN.Ibrahim said that the judges' reasoning was based on "critical feelings," and done for "personal psychological reasons." He did not elaborate.
The trial is scheduled to resume April 26.
The news comes on the same day that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. and Egypt are "moving toward a resolution" regarding the prosecution of the pro-democracy workers accused of trying to stoke unrest.
"We are engaged in very intensive discussions with the Egyptian government about finding a solution. We've had a lot of very tough conversations and I think we're - we're moving toward a resolution," Clinton said at a Senate hearing on Tuesday. Clinton said she did not want to elaborate on those discussion publicly.
Asked in the same hearing if she felt the charges against the NGO workers were legitimate, Clinton replied "no, I do not."
Clinton said the threat to pull the more than one billion dollar in funding to Egypt over the prosecution