Egyptian court adjourns Al Jazeera three case, rejects Elshamy appeal
| 16 May 2014
The Egyptian court case of three Al Jazeera English journalists has been adjourned to 22 May, amid claims their lawyers have now been asked to pay US$170,000 to view the video evidence against them.
Peter Greste, Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy, are accused of conspiring with the banned Muslim Brotherhood, and have been in prison since 29 December 2013.
"There have been many farcical scenes during the previous seven court hearings, and today was another example. It is an affront to justice for the prosecution to attempt charging $170,000 for the defence to see the video evidence against them," said a statement from Al Jazeera.
"The support from across the world has been loud and it is important to keep that going. We are continuing to do everything possible to get our journalists out of jail and are working with a first class legal team to end this injustice," the network added.
On 15 May, Cairo Criminal Court also rejected an appeal by Al Jazeera Arabic's Abdullah Elshamy against a decision to extend his detention.
Elshamy, 26, who has been in prison since 14 August 2013 without charge, is reportedly in a critical condition after being on hunger strike for more than 116 days. He was transferred to solitary confinement in Tora prison's maximum security Scorpion unit on 12 May.
On Thursday (15 May) Amnesty International urged authorities to release the journalist, describing him as a "prisoner of conscience, detained solely for his journalistic work".