Three reporters face Egypt retrial

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Published: Thursday 1st January 2015 by The News Editor

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An appeals court in Egypt has ordered a retrial in the case of three imprisoned Al-Jazeera English journalists.

The decision came after a hearing at Egypt’s Court of Cassation that lasted only a few minutes.

Canadian-Egyptian Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohammed all have been held since their arrest in December 2013. Their arrests came after the overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood member.

Fahmy and Greste were sentenced to seven years in prison, while Mohammed got 10 years – three more because he was found with a spent bullet casing.

Rights groups dismissed the trial as a sham and foreign countries, including the US, expressed their concern over the journalists’ detention.

Authorities accused Qatar-based Al-Jazeera of acting as a mouthpiece for the Brotherhood. The station denied the accusations and said the journalists were doing their job.

At trial, prosecutors offered no evidence backing accusations the three falsified footage to foment unrest. Instead, they showed edited news reports by the journalists, including Islamist protests and interviews with politicians. Other footage submitted as evidence had nothing to do with the case, including a report on a veterinary hospital and Greste’s past reports out of Africa.

Published: Thursday 1st January 2015 by The News Editor

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