Egypt: Al Jazeera journalists sentenced to 7 years in jail

On charges of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood

23 June, 11:39

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO - Journalists working for al Jazeera have been sentenced to seven years in jail by a court in Cairo on charges of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, the tribunal said Monday. The journalists can appeal the sentence.

    Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian-Canadian reporter Mohamed Fahmi were resentenced to seven years in jail, while Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed received an additional three years and was sentenced to 10 years in jail, court sources said. The court also sentenced 12 defendants in absentia, including a Briton and Canadian, to seven years.

    The prosecution had sought a sentence of 15 to 25 years in jail.

    The trial involved 20 reporters, photographers and cameramen charged with ''misinformation'' and with supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt has banned as a terrorist organization.

    (ANSAmed)

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