#AceNewsServices – EGYPT (Cairo) – June 23 – Egyptian court on Monday sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to 7 years each in prison, AP reported.
The journalists for Al-Jazeera English, Australian ex-BBC reporter Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian ex-CNN journalist Mohamed Fahmy and local producer Baher Mohamed were seized in December 2013 from their Cairo hotel rooms.
( Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed)
Other Al Jazeera journalists who were tried in absentia, including Sue Turton and Dominic Kane, were sentenced to 10 years.
Al Jazeera has strenuously rejected the charges against its journalists and maintains their innocence.
(Arrested in December in Cairo)
Greste, Fahmy, and Mohamed were arrested in December in Cairo as they covered the aftermath of the army’s removal of Mohamed Morsi from the presidency in July.
(Court Says Journalists Produced False News Reports)
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 Brotherhood, which supported Morsi, was listed as a "terrorist" organisation by the interim Egyptian government shortly before the accused were arrested.
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
Peter Greste reporting for al-Jazeera. Photograph: al-Jazeera
(Guardian) 19 February 2014 – Patrick Kingsley (Cairo) – They are among 20 people accused of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to tarnish Egypt’s international reputation, the Guardian said. Al-Jazeera describes the charges as absurd.
Three al-Jazeera English journalists seized last December from their Cairo hotel rooms are due to appear in court on Thursday for the first time since their arrest on December 29 after spending the past fortnight locked up next-door to Egypt’s former prime minister and a few cells away from the leader of Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.
Australian ex-BBC reporter Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian ex-CNN journalist Mohamed Fahmy and local producer Baher Mohamed are among 20 people accused of conspiring with the Brotherhood to tarnish Egypt’s international reputation.
Egyptian authorities have presented the Brotherhood a terrorist group since Morsi’s overthrow last July and condemned journalists who give its members a voice.