Group sen­tenced to death by Egypt court

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An Egyp­tian court has rec­om­mended the death sen­tence against six peo­ple, in­clud­ing two Al Jazeera em­ploy­ees, for al­legedly pass­ing doc­u­ments re­lated to na­tional se­cu­rity to Qatar and the Doha-based TV net­work dur­ing the rule of for­mer pres­i­dent Mo­hammed Morsi. A ver­dict on Morsi, ousted by the mil­i­tary in July 2013 af­ter one year in of­fice, and four other de­fen­dants in the case, will be an­nounced June 18, judge Mo­hammed Shirin Fahmy an­nounced. Morsi’s co-de­fen­dants in­clude his of­fice di­rec­tor and pri­vate sec­re­tary. The two Al Jazeera em­ploy­ees - iden­ti­fied by the judge as news pro­ducer Alaa Omar Mo­hammed and news edi­tor Ibrahim Mo­hammed Hi­lal - were sen­tenced in ab­sen­tia along with As­maa Al Khateib, who worked for Rasd, a me­dia net­work widely sus­pected of links to Morsi’s Mus­lim Brother­hood. The Brother­hood was banned and de­clared a ter­ror­ist group af­ter Morsi’s ouster. “Al Jazeera me­dia net­work re­jects the ab­surd al­le­ga­tions that they [Mo­hammed and Hi­lal] were in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the elected gov­ern­ment of Mo­hammed Morsi,” a spokesman for Al-Jazeera said in an email to The As­so­ci­ated Press. Last year, Pres­i­dent Ab­del-Fat­tah El Sissi par­doned two im­pris­oned jour­nal­ists from the Al Jazeera.

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