Egypt court to hear Al-Jazeera 'terrorist' case Tuesday

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

Egypt court to hear Al-Jazeera 'terrorist' case Tuesday

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian court on Tuesday will look into a lawsuit accusing the Qatar-owned Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr news channel of "supporting terrorism."

The lawsuit, lodged by lawyer Samir Sabri, calls on the government to label the channel a "supporter of terrorism and violence in Egypt."

Meanwhile, another court on Monday adjourned until April 10 the trial of 20 people charged with "inciting violence," including a handful of Al-Jazeera journalists.

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

Last month, Egyptian prosecutors charged the defendants – eight in custody and 12 in absentia – with belonging to a "terrorist group" and providing it with money, information and equipment.

They are also 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.

They have since been charged with broadcasting "unlicensed" material for Al Jazeera from a hotel in downtown Cairo.

The network, for its part, emphatically denies the allegations.

Last Mod: 01 Nisan 2014, 09:52
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