The Courier-Mail

Court gives reasons in Greste case


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”, in a case long criticised by press freedom advocates and others.

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

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.

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