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Egyptian Court Adjourns Trial of Al Jazeera Journalists

  • Reuters

Al-Jazeera English journalists Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, right, and Egyptian Baher Mohammed leave a court after a hearing in their retrial near Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt, March 8, 2015.

Al-Jazeera English journalists Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, right, and Egyptian Baher Mohammed leave a court after a hearing in their retrial near Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt, March 8, 2015.

A Cairo court on Thursday adjourned the retrial of Al Jazeera television journalists to June 11 for more closing statements by the defense team.

The journalists are charged with aiding a terrorist organization, a reference to the Muslim Brotherhood, which was outlawed in Egypt after the army ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi amid mass protests against his rule in 2013.

Mohamed Fahmy, a naturalized Canadian who has given up his Egyptian citizenship, and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were released on bail in February after spending more than a year in custody.

A third Al Jazeera journalist, Australian Peter Greste, was deported in February.

The journalists originally were sentenced to between seven and 10 years in prison on charges including spreading lies to help a terrorist organization, which they have denied.

Egypt's high court ordered the retrial in January.

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