Egypt court releases full ruling in Al-Jazeera English case 
Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohammed Fahmy, left, his lawyer Amal Clooney and his Egyptian colleague Baher Mohammed, at top left, speak to media before their verdict in a courtroom in Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the last twist in a long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

CAIRO :An Egyptian court has released the detailed ruling on why it sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison for airing what it described as “false news,” a case long criticized by press freedom advocates and others.

The ruling, published by the state news agency MENA on Sunday, says the three men — Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed — essentially were serving the banned Muslim Brotherhood group, which authorities consider a terrorist organization.

The ruling also said the three were biased in their reporting, operated without press credentials and secretly worked at a hotel in central Cairo without a permit.

Mohammed and Fahmy are now imprisoned, while Greste previously was deported. The journalists and the network deny the accusations.

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  1. Carlina Starn
    September 7, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Egyptian courts???? It is almost beyond belief that Egypt would allow its courts to to sink into such idiocy and turn the once proud nation into an international clown show.

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