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Egypt Postpones Al Jazeera Verdict

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FILE - Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy speaks before the judge during his retrial at a court in Cairo February 12, 2015.

FILE - Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy speaks before the judge during his retrial at a court in Cairo February 12, 2015.

An Egyptian court Sunday again postponed its verdict in the retrial of three Al Jazeera journalists charged with supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

A judge said the verdict is now scheduled to come on August 29. It was originally expected last Thursday, but the court has repeatedly delayed the proceedings since Canadian national Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste were arrested in December 2013.

The three men were convicted more than a year ago, with a judge sentencing Greste and Fahmy to seven years in prison and Mohamed to 10 years.

An appeals court ruled in January that they should be given a new trial after prosecutors failed to provide sufficient evidence to show they supported the Brotherhood.

Greste was freed and sent back to Australia in February, while Mohamed and Fahmy remain free on bail in Egypt.

The Brotherhood has been the subject of a crackdown by the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi since he led the ouster of former Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. Many of the group's top leaders, including Mr. Morsi, have been arrested and convicted in mass trials.

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