Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Egypt gives reasons for Jazeera retrial

10 February 2015, 09:15

Cairo - An Egyptian court said it ordered a retrial of Al-Jazeera journalists due to a lack of evidence showing their alleged links to the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood, state media reported on Monday.

The Court of Cassation had on 1 January ordered a retrial of three Al-Jazeera journalists, overturning a lower court's verdict which found them guilty of aiding the Islamist movement.

The lower court had sentenced Australian Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed to up to 10 years in jail for spreading "false news" during their coverage of protests after the ouster of president Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

The three were arrested in December 2013 just days after the authorities designated the Brotherhood as a "terrorist group".

Greste was deported on 1 February under a presidential decree after the retrial was ordered.

In a bid to secure his own deportation, Fahmy has renounced his Egyptian nationality and is awaiting a return to Canada, where he also has citizenship.

Also read: Retrial date set for Al-Jazeera journalists

However, the third journalist, producer Mohamed, remains in jail as he only has Egyptian nationality.

The three journalists were among 20 defendants initially tried by the lower court.

Of the rest, 12 were Egyptians who were found guilty of belonging to a "terrorist organisation".

Two defendants were acquitted, while the remaining three - also foreigners - were convicted in absentia for spreading "false news".

Court hasty

On Monday the Court of Cassation gave its reasoning for overturning the lower court's ruling.

"The criminal court's verdict lacked evidence to support its ruling," the appeals court said, according to state news agency MENA.

"The criminal court was hasty in pronouncing its verdict.

"The court did not wait for medical and legal reports which it had requested after several defendants spoke of being under physical and moral pressure" to make confessions, the appeals court said.

The initial trial came against the backdrop of strained relations between Egypt and Qatar, which supported the Islamist movement of Morsi, whom then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi deposed on 3 July 2013.

Since Morsi's ouster, a government crackdown against his supporters has left hundreds dead and seen thousands jailed.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Apologise for attack on Auditor G...

Apologise for attack on Auditor General, President Uhuru Kenyatta is told by Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong'o. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Quit if you can't fight corruptio...

An MP has told President Uhuru Kenyatta to quit office if he cannot fight corruption. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Investigate Uhuru, Ruto for corru...

Investigate President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto's offices over corruption, CORD leader Raila Odinga has said. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Its a 1 horse race to State House...

Its a 1 horse race to State House, DP William Ruto has mocked the CORD Coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Enjoy your time left in power, We...

CORD Co Principal Moses Wetangu'la has told the Jubilee Coalition to enjoy its last few months in power before it is voted out in the 2017 elections. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Stop hiding in State House and sa...

ODM MP's have called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to release drought aid and to stop sitting on public funds. Read more...