Issued a day after a high-profile visit to Cairo by US Secretary of State John Kerry, the pre-scheduled verdict could also result in discomfort for the US government, which recently decided to fully restore $650 million in military aid partly withheld in the aftermath the armed forces’ ouster of Morsi last year. The funds were the first installment of an annual $1.3 billion in aid.

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Jared Malsin is a freelance journalist based in Cairo