CAIRO: Attorney General Hisham Barakat described Monday’s court ruling that sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to seven- to ten-year prison terms as a “deterrent”, Youm7 reported.
The Cairo Criminal Court, headed by Judge Mohamed Nagy, sentenced Monday seven defendants including Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fadel, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, to seven years in jail over charges of inciting violence, committing terrorism, broadcasting false news on the Qatari-owned Al Jazeera network and aiding the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
The 20 defendants—who were tried at Torah Police Institute in Cairo—include four foreigners: the Australian Greste, Britons Dominic Kane and Sue Turton and Dutch Rena Netjes. The latter three and eight other Egyptians are being tried in absentia.
The presiding judge also sentenced all those in absentia to ten years in prison. Two student defendants— Anas El-Beltagy and Ahmed Abdel-Aziz—were acquitted.