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Cairo court to issue Al-Jazeera journalists verdict on 30 July

The journalists together with five other defendants were initially sentenced to between six and ten years in jail

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 29 Jun 2015
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Al-Jazeera television journalists Mohamed Fahmy (L) and Baher Mohamed are seen at a court in Cairo after their retrial, April 22, 2015.(Photo: Reuters)
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Cairo Criminal Court said on Monday it would issue its verdict in the retrial of two Al-Jazeera journalists on 30 July.   

The prosecution accused the journalists, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, of joining a terrorist group, the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, and "spreading false news harmful to national security." 

The defendants retain the right to appeal the verdict before a cassation court. 

Both Fahmy and Mohamed were released on bail in February after over a year in prison. A third Al-Jazeera journalist charged in the case, Peter Greste, was deported to Australia in February. 

They were initially arrested in December 2013 and sentenced to between six and ten years in jail. 

Five other defendants, other than the three Al-Jazeera journalists, were also charged in this case and are also facing retrial.  

 

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