Al Jazeera journalists to appear in Cairo courtroom

Sentenced to between seven to ten years last year, Al Jazeera journalists will appear in Cairo court for retrial

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The postponed cases of Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, will be tried in a court in the Egyptian capital, Cairo at 10 a.m. local time (08:00 GMT) on Monday, Al Jazeera has reported. 

Fahmy, a dual citizen of Canada and Egypt, was jailed last year in June along with two of his colleagues from Al Jazeera on the charge of “helping a terrorist organisation,” referring to the Muslim Brotherhood, which was banned after the military coup in the country in 2013. 

Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were sentenced to seven and 10 years in jail respectively last year.

A third Al Jazeera reporter, Australian national Peter Greste, was sentenced alongside them but unexpectedly freed and deported Feb. 1 after spending 400 days in prison.

Egypt released Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy immediately after he renounced his Egyptian citizenship in order to make use of a provision in a presidential decree that allows foreign nationals to be tried in their home countries. 

Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy will appear before judge for the fifth time on Monday.

Greste was told by the judge that he must appear for the retrial or he will be formally declared on trial in absentia.

"That means I will automatically get a conviction if I don't appear, but of course I can't go back because President Sisi deported me, so I'm stuck in this legal limbo," Greste told Reuters news agency in an interview published on Friday.

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