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Trial of Al-Jazeera staff reaches 10th court session, then adjourned

No bail granted, as prosecution presents podcasts and video clips as 'incriminating' evidence

Ahram Online , Thursday 22 May 2014
File Photo: Australian journalist Peter Greste of Al-Jazeera stand inside the defendants cage during their trial (Photo: Reuters)
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The trial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists imprisoned in Egypt since December on charges of fabricating news and belonging to a terrorist organisation has been adjourned to 1 June.

The Cairo criminal court also rejected the defendants' request to be released on bail.

Thursday's court session – the case's 10th – saw prosecutors presenting audio clips allegedly recorded by the defendants as well as video clips from Al-Jazeera English and podcasts from BBC World Service.

Prosecutors tried to argue that the video and audio clips were incriminating evidence.

Al-Jazeera English staff members Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, along with other Egyptian and foreign journalists, were arrested in December and charged with joining a terrorist organisation and airing false news.

Security forces shut down Al-Jazeera’s Cairo offices following the army's overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July 2013.

Authorities have accused the network's Egyptian channel of giving favourable coverage to Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement.

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