CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s state news agency says that the trial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists and 17 other defendants on terrorism charges has been adjourned until March 24.

The agency reported that one Egyptian defendant, Mohamed Fahmy, told the judge in Wednesday’s hearing he could “never possibly betray his country.”

The Al-Jazeera journalists face charges accusing them of joining a terrorist group, aiding a terrorist group, and endangering national security. Authorities accuse Al-Jazeera of being a platform for ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi’s supporters. The network denies that, saying its journalists were only doing their jobs.

Those arrested include Fahmy, Al-Jazeera English’s acting bureau chief who is an Egyptian-Canadian; Australian award-winning correspondent Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed. All have pleaded not guilty.