Cairo court adjourns retrial of Al Jazeera journalists

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 05 June 2015

The retrial of Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt has been adjourned to 11 June for more closing statements by the defence team.

Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian who renounced his Egyptian citizenship during custody, and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, were released on bail in February 2015 after spending over a year in jail.

A third Al Jazeera journalist, Australian Peter Greste, was deported to his home country in February.

The three men are charged with aiding the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been decreed a terrorist organisation by the current Egyptian Government.

The journalists were originally sentenced to between seven and ten years in prison after being found guilty of spreading false news and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood charges they all deny.

The Cairo Court of Cassation overturned the convictions of Greste, Fahmy and Mohamed on 1 January 2015 on procedural grounds but they were initially kept in detention pending a retrial.