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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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Harry Drubs
23-05-2014 01:06pm
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In this article we learn far too little about the court proceedings. Why is it possible for journalists to be repeatedly remanded without bail when the evidence is extremely flimsy? What legal justification was given? Have lawyers appealed to a higher court? How independent is the court from political pressure? This is an important story. International readers expect more depth and analysis from your newspaper. Please do better!
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