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Al Jazeera trial adjourned to 5 June

Trial for Al Jazeera journalists adjourned - again - after its 11th session, with bail denied

Ahram Online , Sunday 1 Jun 2014
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The trial of Al Jazeera International reporters accused of fabricating news reports and aiding the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood has been adjourned by a Cairo criminal court to 5 June.

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

In Sunday's session – the trial's 11th so far – the court listened to testimonies from a technical committee tasked with analysing the content of video clips brought by prosecutors as evidence that the journalists have fabricated news which defames Egypt.

The defence team also interrogated the members of the technical committee.

Security forces arrested Al Jazeera International staff members Mohamed Fadel, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed along with other Egyptian journalists last December 2013 on charges of fabricating news and joining a terrorist organisation, a reference to the Brotherhood, which was deemed a terrorist group last December by interim authorities.

Security forces shut down Al Jazeera’s Cairo offices following the army's overthrow of Mohamed Morsi on 3 July 2013 on the back of mass protests against the Islamist president's one-year rule.

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


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