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Egypt starts Al-Jazeera reporters retrial Feb 12, Fahmy's family says 'worst nightmare'

The retrial comes as Australian Peter Greste, one of the three journalists, reached hometown after deportation and Mohamed Fahmy set to be released after giving up Egyptian citizenship

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 Feb 2015
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The first retrial session for Al-Jazeera journalists will be held on February 12, judicial sources said on Sunday.

Egypt's Court of Cassation had accepted the appeal filed against sentences handed down to the three journalists working for the Doha-based network on 1 January. The retrial comes after Australian Peter Greste, one of the three jailed for more than 400 days, was released last week and deported to his country of birth.

Egyptian Canadian Mohamed Fahmy gave up his Egyptian citizenship soon after, in order to be released and deported as well.

The foreign nationals were dealt with according to a law, passed in late 2014 that allows foreign convicts to be transferred to their country to either be retried or serve their sentence.

The fate of the third journalist, Baher Mohamed, who only holds the Egyptian citizenship, remains uncertain.

His wife on Sunday, however, told Ahram Online Baher will not seek a foreign citizenship or giving up his Egyptian one.

The three journalists, arrested in December 2013, were sentenced in June to jail terms ranging from seven to 10 years on charges of spreading false news and aiding the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

The case was criticised by local and international rights groups as well as foreign embassies, who dubbed the trial as hasty and the procedures as flawed.

Another 15 defendants stand in the same case along with the journalists, with 11 people tried in absentia.

'Worst nightmare'

Fahmy's family said the retrial represents their "worst nightmare, to have to go through another circus of a retrial."

In a statement, released hours after setting the date for the retrial, the family said Egyptian authorities put him before the appeal hearing to renounce his citizenship as the "only way out for him and Peter." It also added that Fahmy himself "never requested that he drops his citizenship."

"Now, the general prosecutor is complicating matters even though both the presidency and the prime minister have expressed their desire to let him go as soon as possible," the statement said.

The family also said the Canadian government has let them down in handling the case, as opposed to the top Australian official who had done "an outstanding job" in the release of Greste.

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09-02-2015 03:54am
Punish these traitors to fullest extent of the law!
Egypt should not show any leniency to these Brotherhood terrorist propaganda mouthpieces! Their false reporting I saw myself on tv was inaccurate, misleading, and only served to help the terrorist, fake Muslim MB try to ruin and destabilize Egypt. Let a tough sentence be handed down to them as a stern warning against all who are trying to ruin Egypt, and divide and defame REAL MUSLIMS! Victory to Egypt and President El-Sisi in defeating all who threaten Egypt!
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10-02-2015 10:38am
Real traitor is Sisi who destroyed democracy in Egypt
Whole world is laughing at Kangaroo courts of Egypt.

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