[QODLink]
Middle East

Trial of Al Jazeera staff adjourned in Cairo

Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed appear in court for the fifth time in 103 days of their detention.

Last updated: 10 Apr 2014 10:36
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

The trial of three jailed Al Jazeera English journalists, falsely accused of providing a platform to an outlawed group, has been adjourned until April 22.

The prosecution produced on Thursday video material that it claimed supports the case against the Al Jazeera team - Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy, and Baher Mohamed - who appeared in court for a fifth time in the 103 days spent an Egyptian jail.

BBC’s Alan Johnston speaks on AJ staff trial

The court screened Greste's reports from Kenya and content from Sky News Arabia's coverage of Egypt. The judge ordered a special panel to review the videos presented into evidence by the prosecution. 

Defence lawyers told the court that the reports had nothing to do with the case.

The three men are charged with spreading false news and aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who was overthrown by the army in July.

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

A fourth Al Jazeera journalist, Abdullah al-Shami, has been held in Egypt for more than six months and has been on  hunger strike  since January 23. His detention was extended for an additional 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.

Rights group Amnesty International said in a statement on Wednesday that the three journalists were "prisoners of conscience" and called for their immediate and unconditional release.

"What the Egyptian authorities are doing is vindicative persecution of journalists for merely doing their jobs," the statement said.

On Monday, which marked 100 days since their arrest, the network urged the international community to support its call for their release by sending their own personal messages on social media using the campaign hashtag,  #FreeAJStaff .

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

408

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.