Thursday, January 1, 2015

Egypt appeals court orders retrial in case of Al Jazeera journalists

The Wall Street Journal reports that an Egyptian appeals court ordered a retrial on Thursday for three Al Jazeera English journalists who were convicted in June of aiding a terrorist organization by spreading false news, a case that was widely condemned as politically motivated.
At the hearing, which lasted only minutes, the journalists weren’t granted bail pending their retrial and the judge didn’t explain his decision—but it appeared to be the first legal acknowledgment that the initial trial was flawed.
Family members of the journalists, Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, said the decision gave them hope that a retrial would lead to an exoneration but expressed dismay that the men weren’t freed after more than a year in detention.
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