Egypt court orders retrial of jailed Al Jazeera journalists
CAIRO, Egypt (UPDATED) – Egypt's top court on Thursday, January 1, ordered a retrial of 3 Al Jazeera journalists who were jailed on charges of aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood, a defense lawyer told reporters.
Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed of the broadcaster's English service were jailed in December 2013 in a case that triggered global outrage.
"The Court of Cassation has accepted their appeal and ordered a retrial," Greste's defense lawyer Amr Al-Deeb said after a hearing lasting just 30 minutes.
The lawyer added that the journalists will remain in custody pending their retrial.
"Their release on bail can only be ordered by the court that will hold their retrial," said Greste's defence lawyer Amr Al-Deeb, after Egypt's top court ordered the new hearings. – Rappler.com