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Egypt court sentences 3 Al Jazeera journalists

Posted on Jun 23 2014 | IBNS

Cairo, June 23 : A Egyptian court has sentenced three journalists belonging to Al Jazeera news channel on charges including aiding the Muslim Brotherhood and reporting false news, media reports said.

The journalists, identified Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy, and Baher Mohamed, have been sentenced to jail terms ranging from seven to 10 years.

"Greste and Fahmy were sentenced to seven years in prison, while Baher Mohamed was sentenced to an additional three years for possession of ammunition. Mohamed was in possession of a spent bullet casing he had found on the ground during a protest," Al Jazeera reported.

"Other Al Jazeera journalists who were tried in absentia, including Sue Turton and Dominic Kane, were sentenced to 10 years," it said.

Al Jazeera said it 'has strenuously rejected the charges against its journalists and maintains their innocence'.

Greste, Fahmy, and Mohamed were arrested last year.

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