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Trial of Al Jazeera journalists resumes

Correspondent Peter Greste and producers Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed appear in court in Egyptian capital Cairo.

Last updated: 22 Apr 2014 10:43
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Three Al Jazeera English journalists have appeared in a court in Egypt for a sixth time, accused of spreading news and belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

The trial of correspondent Peter Greste and producers Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, who have been in jail for more than three months, resumed on Tuesday.

During the last hearing the prosecution produced video that it said supported the case against the men, but none of the videos appear to have anything to do with the case.

Abdulla al-Shami, the fourth Al Jazeera journalist in detention, has been held in Egypt for more than six months and has been on hunger strike since January 21. His detention was extended by 45 days on March 13.

Another Al Jazeera journalist, Mohamed Badr, was arrested on July 15 and released on February 5, when he was acquitted of a series of charges including being involved in the protests in Cairo's Ramses Square.

More than 40,000 people have been actively involved in the campaign for the release of the journalists, with events held in more than 30 countries and in every continent.

There have been more than 800 million impressions of #FreeAJStaff on Twitter and there have been repeated calls from governments, international institutions and media organisations for an end to the imprisonment of the journalists.

The US, the UK and the EU have all called for the release of Al Jazeera's staff imprisoned in Egypt.

Al Jazeera strongly rejects all the charges and calls for the immediate release of its staff.

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