Sunday 18 March 2018

Late Al Jazeera journalists and Mohammed Badie, leader Of Muslim Brotherhood's convictions: What implications for Egyptian democracy and justice?

Three al-Jazeera journalists accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood have been sentenced to seven years in jail in Egypt.

A court in Cairo convicted Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed of spreading false news and supporting the banned Islamist group. The trio had denied the charges.

Three other foreign journalists tried in absentia received 10-year sentences.

The trial has caused an international outcry amid claims it is politicised.

Earlier, the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott made a direct appeal to Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi for the release of Mr Greste, a former BBC correspondent.

The three al-Jazeera journalists have been detained in Egypt for the past six months.

They were among 20 defendants in the trial that comes amid concerns over growing media restrictions in Egypt.

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