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Al Jazeera journalists' retrial postponed to 8 March

Aswat Masriya , Monday 23 Feb 2015
Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy, second left, attends his retrial in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 (Photo: AP)

The trial of Al Jazeera's journalists Canadian national Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian national Baher Mohamed on terrorism related charges was postponed to March 8.

Fahmy and Mohamed were released from prison earlier this month after spending over 400 days behind bars pending retrial.

The two journalists face charges of spreading false news and aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood group, in a trial that has involved a total of 18 defendants.

Fahmy and Mohamed's conditional release came days after the deportation of co-defendant Australian journalist Peter Greste on February 1.

The three journalists were arrested in Cairo in December 2013 while covering the turbulent events Egypt witnessed in the aftermath of the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi 

for the Qatari network.

The three journalist had initially been sentenced to 7-10 years in June 2014 before a court ordered a retrial in January 2015.

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