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Al-Jazeera Journalists Sentenced to Three Years in Prison in Egypt

August 29, 2015
Peter Grest (right) along with Mohamed Fahmy (center) and Baher Mohamed (left) during their first trial in 2014.
Peter Greste (right) along with Mohamed Fahmy (center) and Baher Mohamed (left) during their first trial in 2014.

Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste have been sentenced to three years in prison. Baher Mohamed received an additional six month sentence.

The Judge said the defendants had spread false news and were not registered as journalists in Egypt. The Judge said that the defendants “are not journalists and are not registered with Egypt’s press syndicate or the State Information Service,” before adding that the defendants possessed unlicensed devices that were used to broadcast false news which harmed the country.

Australian journalist Peter Greste had been released in February and deported under an order by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

Today’s verdict saw the attendance of officials from the Embassies of Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. International lawyer Amal Clooney also attended the trial to support Mohamed Fadel Fahmy.

According to a judicial source, the sentencing can be appealed once again by the defendants. A year in prison in Egypt translates to between nine and ten months.

The journalists had been accused of paying 16 suspected Muslim Brotherhood members who were charged with belonging to a terrorist organization. The prosecution also accused the journalists of defaming Egypt and broadcasting false news while working with Al-Jazeera.

Al-Jazeera’s Greste, Fahmy and Mohamed spent 400 days behind bars while awaiting trial and retrial. However, in late 2014, the Court of Cassation dropped their prison sentence, which ranged from seven to ten years, and ordered a retrial.

This story is developing.

Comments (25)

  1. shibl says:

    ALL Egyptian people very happy for this result.

    The Muslim is happy, the Christian is HAppy, the poor is happy, the rich is happy, if you loving EGypt than you happy for this people to understand that showing bad immages not accepted by the people of the country

  2. Minymina says:

    Good f**king riddance. The fact that they’re journalist doesn’t excuse the fact that they were operating in Egypt without a valid license and were working for a banned Qatari publication who was spreading false news. Fahmy even went on record saying that AL Jazeera was fabricating false news to spread Qatari propaganda.

    I hope people wake up to this bullshit. Being a journalist doesn’t put you above the law. You commit a crime, you’re going to go to prison. All the libertards can go f**k themselves.

    1. Dr. HAshem says:

      Yes thats what happen thanks the GOD that the court did justice for the EGYPTIAN PEOPLE
      You L JAZERA why are you trying to show the world bad image! this not gonna be accepted, you accept our rules ALLLLLLLL OFFFFFFF DEM


  3. SISIFOREVER says:

    Haha in this country sharameet know to talk to guys in hats like yours

  4. Arie Bier says:

    Nice hat, you wanna buy 5 pound. No bakshees.

  5. shibl says:

    haha look at this guys hat it is silly

  6. SISIFOREVER says:

    haha you are selling your hat for five pounds because you
    are poor

  7. ILEG says:

    Arie why is everyone making fun of you?

    I suggest you calm down and respect other people’s views.

  8. ILEG says:

    The guy with the sharamoota attracting hat

  9. Arie Bier says:

    It is no shame to be poor, it is a shame to be rich and not sharing.

  10. Arie Bier says:

    Silly old hat, I know but what you don’t know is that it is worth a lot of money because it is antique. Just like the face under it. Self knowledge is a great thing.

  11. Dr. Hashem says:

    You know what is great, Egypt. You know whats graeat thing , being egyptian, everyone else second place in life because they are not egyptian.