Egypt adjourns Al Jazeera staff court hearing

Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed have been in jail for 155 days, falsely accused of aiding a banned group.

    Egypt adjourns Al Jazeera staff court hearing
    An Al Jazeera spokesman said the Egyptian authorities did not have a 'shred of evidence' [AP]

    Three Al Jazeera journalists have had their trial adjourned again on their 155th day in jail in Egypt, accused of aiding the banned group, the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were back in their cells on Sunday after a brief court hearing.

    Members of the technical committee could not recall one example of what they believed was fabricated coverage from the Al Jazeera team. They also could not proffer an opinion on how national security of Egypt was endangered either.

    The three journalists last appeared in front of a Cairo court for the ninth time on May 23 when several audio and video recordings - provided by the prosecution against them and other defendants - were displayed.

    The clips included general conversations between supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and images of protests against former army chief, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

    The court also listened to audio recordings allegedly found in Greste's possession, an accusation denied by the Australian journalist.

    'Doctored evidenced'

    One photo presented by prosecutors, described as "clearly doctored" by court reporters, showed Fahmy standing behind former Egyptian military chief, Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.

    A chart hit by Australian singer Gotye was also presented as evidence.

    The evidence against them has also included reports from other correspondents and other news channels.

    A fourth Al Jazeera journalist, Abdullah Elshamy, has been held separately without charge since August 14 last year. He has been on hunger strike since January.

    Al Jazeera rejects the charges against all of its journalists and calls for their immediate release.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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