Egypt postpones Al Jazeera journalists' trial to June 5

The 20 defendants, including four foreign nationals, are accused of fabricating news reports to tarnish Egypt's image abroad

Egypt postpones Al Jazeera journalists' trial to June 5

World Bulletin/News Desk

An Egyptian court on Sunday adjourned to June 5 the trial of 20 people – including several Al Jazeera journalists – accused of "inciting violence," a judicial source said.

Prosecution and defense lawyers are scheduled to present their cases in the upcoming court session, added the source.

The 20 defendants, including four foreign nationals, are accused of fabricating news reports with the aim of tarnishing Egypt's image abroad.

Egyptian prosecutors have also charged the defendants – including eight in custody and 12 being tried in absentia – with belonging to a terrorist group and providing it with money, information and equipment.

They are further accused of broadcasting lies and rumors.

Egyptian authorities arrested the journalists, some of whom work for Al Jazeera's English-language news service, late last December.

Egypt's military-backed government has repeatedly accused Qatar's Al Jazeera network of harboring bias in favor of ousted president Mohamed Morsi – an accusation the network denies.

Morsi was ousted by the Egyptian army in July following mass protests against his one-year rule.

Last Mod: 01 Haziran 2014, 16:40
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