23 June 2014

Egypt Court to Rule in "Marriott Cell" of Al Jazeera Journalists

Photo: Kenya Journalists for Peter Greste
Kenyan journalists support colleagues detained in Egypt.

Cairo — An Egyptian criminal court will rule on Monday in the case known as the "Marriott Cell" involving Al Jazeera journalists who were accused of defaming Egypt and spreading false news.

Twenty people in total are involved in the case, including Australian journalist Peter Greste, a British and a Dutch. The defendants are accused of establishing a media network that spread false news via the Qatari Al Jazeera channel.

The prosecutor-general had said in a statement that four foreigners spread lies to harm national interest and provided money to 16 Egyptians who were accused of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Brotherhood was declared a terrorist group towards the end of last year.

Also involved in the case is Ahmed Fahmy, a Canadian-Egyptian who previously worked for the BBC, and Baher Mohamed.

The case is known in the media as the "Marriott Cell" because the defendants were accused of broadcasting their material through two hotel rooms at the hotel in Cairo.

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