Al Jazeera chief calls for immediate release of imprisoned journalists

By REUTERS
January 1, 2015 21:30

 
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Al Jazeera's managing director said on Thursday (January 1) that the Egyptian courts had taken a step in the right direction by ordering a retrial of the three jailed journalists from the network.

Mustafa Souag called for their immediate release.

A retrial was ordered by Egypt's highest court on Thursday, citing procedural flaws in the original trial.

Australian Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian national Baher Mohamed were sentenced to seven to 10 years in June on charges including spreading lies to help a "terrorist organisation" - a reference to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

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