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Retrial Of Al Jazeera Journalists Adjourned To June 11

06/04/2015 06:17 am ET | Updated Jun 04, 2016
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CAIRO, June 4 (Reuters) - A Cairo court on Thursday adjourned the retrial of Al Jazeera television journalists to June 11 for more closing statements by the defense team.

The journalists are charged with aiding a terrorist organization, a reference to the Muslim Brotherhood, which was outlawed in Egypt after the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi amid mass protests against his rule in 2013.

Mohamed Fahmy, a naturalized Canadian who has given up his Egyptian citizenship, and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were released on bail in February after spending more than a year in custody.

A third Al Jazeera journalist, Australian Peter Greste, was deported in February.

The journalists were originally sentenced to between seven and 10 years in prison on charges including spreading lies to help a terrorist organization, which they have denied.

Egypt's high court ordered the retrial in January. (Reporting by Shadi Bushra; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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