Jailed Al Jazeera decries Egypt court ruling

Al Jazeera correspondent Peter Greste published his first statement since he was sentenced to prison for seven years by the Egyptian court.

Jailed Al Jazeera decries Egypt court ruling

World Bulletin / News Desk

Al Jazeera correspondent says he is "devastated" that he will spend seven years in an Egyptian jail for reporting.

Al Jazeera correspondent Peter Greste published his first statement since he was sentenced to prison for seven years by the Egyptian court.

Monday's verdict left the award-winning foreign correspondent saying that he was "devastated and outraged" and that Egypt's state prosecutor had "consistently failed to present a single piece of concrete evidence" against him.

Greste said his lawyers "highlighted countless procedural errors, irregularities and abuses of due process that should have had the entire case thrown out of court many times over".

"The verdict confirms that our trial was never simply about the charges against us. It has been an attempt to use the court to intimidate and silence critical voices in the media," he said.

Greste and producer Mohamed Fahmy were sentenced to jail for seven years for joining a terrorist group and allegedly spreading lies considered harmful to state security.

An additional three years were added to Mohamed Fahmy' sentence due to his possession of a spent bullet casing he had found on the ground during a protest.

Sue Turton and Dominic Kane along with several other Al Jazeera journalists were tried in absentia, who were sentenced to 10 years.

Al Jazeera calls for their immediate release of its journalists and strongly rejects the charges against them.

In a statement following the trial, Al Jazeera English's managing director Al Anstey said the judge's decision "defies logic, sense, and any semblance of justice". He promised to continue the call for the journalists' release.

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, denounced the verdict as a "a chilling and draconian sentence". 

Last Mod: 26 Haziran 2014, 15:45
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