Jailed Al Jazeera staff again denied bail in Egyptian court

April 1, 2014 1:55 pm

m_Jailed Al Jazeera staff again denied bail in Egyptian court

Cairo 01st April 2014: Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy, and Baher Mohamed, three Al Jazeera English journalists, who have been jailed in Egypt for nearly 100 days were again denied bail on Monday.

The three, accused of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood and broadcasting false information were arrested on 29th December last year.

They appeared in court for the fourth time yesterday and the judge adjourned the trial until April 10.

Greste and seven co-defendants appeared in a caged dock on Monday wearing white prison uniforms, Agence France-Presse news agency reported.

The judge allowed the journalists out of the caged dock during the session, and they were allowed to address the court directly.

Greste told the judge that he was a correspondent with 30 years of experience, and had no connection to the Muslim Brotherhood.

“I ask you to find us innocent,” said Fahmy.

Al Jazeera rejects the charges against its staff and continues to call for the Egyptian authorities to immediately release them.

The case comes amid a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood since Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president’s ouster by the military last July and it has drawn international condemnation from human rights groups.

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Ahmad Diyari Kaashif is a Senior Journalist and Head of the International Bureau at Qatar Chronicle

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