Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

23 June 2014

Egypt: UPDATE - Egypt Sentences Three Al Jazeera Journalists to 7 Yrs

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

Cairo — An Egyptian criminal court sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to seven years in prison on Monday on charges of defaming Egypt and spreading false news in the case known as the "Marriott Cell".

The three defendants are Australian award-winning journalist Peter Greste, former BBC producer Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, who was sentenced to an additional three years for arms possession.

The court also sentenced 11 fugitive defendants to 10 years in prison with labor and acquitted two.

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