Al Jazeera Journalists Given Egypt Retrial Date


The retrial of two Al Jazeera journalists who were detained in Egypt will begin on 12 February, judicial sources say. BBC covers the story:

Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were sentenced to seven and 10 years respectively last June. A court ordered a retrial last month.

They were arrested in 2013 along with Australian colleague Peter Greste after being accused of collaborating with the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Mr Greste was freed a week ago.

A decree issued by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi last November allows the deportation of foreign prisoners. Mr Fahmy, who held dual Canadian and Egyptian citizenship, renounced his Egyptian nationality this week in an attempt to secure his release.

Egyptian and Canadian officials had indicated that he would be deported to Canada. Mr Mohamed is an Egyptian who holds no dual nationality. His wife said that the three journalists were tried together and therefore should have been released together, and that she was astonished that the retrial should go ahead with Mr Greste already free.