Egypt court post­pones Al-Jazeera ver­dict to Aug. 29

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY BRIAN ROHAN

An Egyp­tian court on Sun­day again post­poned an­nounc­ing a ver­dict in the re­trial of three Al- Jazeera English jour­nal­ists, ex­tend­ing the long-run­ning trial crit­i­cized world­wide by press free­dom ad­vo­cates and hu­man rights ac­tivists.

The case against Cana­dian na­tional Mo­hammed Fahmy, Aus­tralian jour­nal­ist Peter Greste and Egyp­tian pro­ducer Ba­her Mo­hammed em­broiled their jour­nal­ism into the wider con­flict be­tween Egypt and Qatar fol­low­ing the 2013 mil­i­tary ouster of Is­lamist Pres­i­dent Mo­hammed Morsi.

Judge Has­san Farid, who over­saw the case against the three, did not at­tend Sun­day’s hear­ing. Another judge, Es­sam Aboul Ella, an­nounced the case had been post­poned.

“It’s more suf­fer­ing for us, more wait­ing,” Mo­hammed said af­ter the post­pone­ment. “The or­deal con­tin­ues and I have no idea what’s go­ing on.”

Fahmy added: “It’s crip­pling our lives.”

Al- Jazeera English’s act­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Giles Tren­dle, also de­nounced the de­lay in an in­ter­view with the net­work.

“We’ve found that the court ... has been al­most Kafka-es­que in some of the lu­di­crous, ground­less charges, in some of the strange de­ci­sions — even in the de­lays that you’re see­ing,” Tren­dle said.

AP

Cana­dian Al-Jazeera English jour­nal­ist Mo­hammed Fahmy, cen­ter, and his fiance Marwa Omara, left, ar­rive at Tora prison, in Cairo, Egypt, Sun­day, Aug. 2.

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