CAIRO: The retrial of the two Al-Jazeera journos on terrorism–related charges was adjourned Saturday to June 1.
The head of the new technical committee said again footage “was not edited” but “will not say whether it harmed national security,” according to independent journalist Sharif Kouddous tweeting from the court.
Arguments about including the Australian journalist Peter Greste, who was deported in February, in the case was raised at court today.
AJ retrial: Defense argues with judge over whether @PeterGreste should be part of case. Judge insists he is part of the case.
— Sharif Kouddous (@sharifkouddous) May 9, 2015
Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and his colleague Baher Mohamed are currently being retried in their case known in the local media as the “Mariott Cell,” in which they are facing charges of publishing false news in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood.
In February, Fahmy and Mohamed were released pending their case, and Greste was deported per an extradition decree. Arrested in December 2013, they have spent over a year in prison over what they called “sham” charges and trial procedures.
Their case has grabbed international attention and support by media organizations and press freedom advocates.
In January, their June jail sentences to seven and 10 years were overturned, and they were ordered a retrial.
Additional reporting by Nourhan Magdi