Egyptian Court to deliver verdict on Al Jazeera journalists

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 30 June 2015

An Egyptian court is set to deliver the verdict on the trial of Al Jazeera journalists Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and Peter Greste at the end of July.

The three journalists are charged with aiding a terrorist organisation, namely the Muslim Brotherhood, which was banned in Egypt after former President Mohamed Morsi was toppled from power in 2013. The journalists deny the charges.

Australian Peter Greste is being tried in absentia after he was deported in February under a law allowing the transfer of foreigners on trial to their home countries. Fahmy, a naturalised Canadian who has given up his Egyptian citizenship, and Egyptian Mohamed were released on bail in February after spending more than a year in jail.

Closing arguments were heard on Monday 29 June, after the re-trial ordered by Egypt's high court in January was adjourned eight times.

The three journalists were originally sentenced to between seven and ten years in prison.

The news comes a week after Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Ahmed Mansour was arrested at Berlin airport at the request of the Egyptian government. Mansour was released by German authorities after spending three days in custody.