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Egypt denies bail to Al Jazeera journalists

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 01:44

March 31 - An Egyptian court denied bail for three Al Jazeera journalists accused of aiding terrorism, and spreading false news. Deborah Gembara reports.

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An Egyptian court is denying bail to three Al Jazeera journalists accused of aiding terrorism. Australian Peter Greste, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, and Egyptian national Baher Mohamed were held in a cage for most of the proceedings, although they Greste could be heard briefly speaking to the judge. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DETAINED AL JAZEERA JOURNALIST, PETER GRESTE, (SPEAKING TO JUDGE MOHAMED NAGY SHAHATA) SAYING: "I am a journalist with over 30 years experience. I arrived in Cairo two weeks before my arrest. As you can see I am provided with assistance of a translator as my knowledge of Arabic is practically zero." Officials say the men raised suspicions by operating without accreditation --- a charge the three men and Al Jazeera called absurd. The court was expected to provide a video--- they claim shows the men doctoring the news. The case was moved to April 10 --- the third delay since their arrest in December. Their frustration evident. Greste's brother Mike. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): MIKE GRESTE SAYING: "We know there is nothing to be shown on the tape. There is nothing incriminating, so it's just a process. But the process is being delayed completely unnecessarily in my view." Al Jazeera which is based out of Qatar has seen it's ties with Egypt strained in the past year --- much of it due Cairo's belief that the Gulf state was supporting the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood movement.

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Egypt denies bail to Al Jazeera journalists

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 01:44