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Egypt court releases full ruling in Al-Jazeera English case

Egypt court issues full ruling on Al-Jazeera English reporters sentenced to 3 years in prison

Egypt court releases full ruling in Al-Jazeera English case

CAIRO (AP) -- 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.

Updated : 2021-09-21 19:13 GMT+08:00