World Bulletin/News Desk
Egypt's highest court cancelled jail sentences against three journalists working for Al Jazeera television on Thursday and ordered a retrial, a defence lawyer said, in a case that has provoked an international outcry.
Australian Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian national Baher Mohamed were serving seven- to ten-year sentences on charges of aiding the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and publishing false news about Egypt.
Speculation has been growing that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi could pardon or deport the men.
"They will not be released until they appear before the new chamber, which will decide whether to release them or not," said defence attorney Mostafa Nagy.
The journalists say they were merely reporting the news when first arrested in December 2013. The case has raised questions about Egypt's democratic credentials.
"We need some time to process. It's not as positive as we had hoped," Greste's mother, Lois, said of the court decision.
Saudi Arabia has brokered an effort to repair relations between the two countries after agreeing with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to end an eight-month diplomatic dispute over Qatar's support for the Brotherhood and promotion of "Arab Spring" revolts.Last Mod: 01 Ocak 2015, 10:46