Egypt sentences three Al Jazeera journalists to 7-year jail term

Cairo, June 23:

An Egyptian court Monday sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to seven years in prison, media reported.

The guilty verdicts were delivered against Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, Al Jazeera reported.Al Jazeera

Greste and Fahmy were sentenced to seven years in prison while Baher Mohamed was sentenced to an additional three years for possessing arms.

The three journalists were arrested in December last year in Cairo as they covered the aftermath of former President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster last July.

The prosecution said Greste, Al Jazeera’s east Africa correspondent, and his Egypt bureau colleagues aided the Brotherhood and produced false news reports of the situation in Egypt.

The prosecution produced a number of items as evidence including a BBC podcast, a news report made while none of the accused were in Egypt, a pop video by the Australian singer, Gotye, and several recordings on non-Egyptian issues.

The defence maintained that the journalists were wrongly arrested and that the prosecution had failed to prove any of the charges against them.

Another Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy was released earlier June 17 on medical grounds as he was on hunger strike for 147 days to protest his prolonged imprisonment without charge.

He was arrested Aug 14 last year.


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