Al Jazeera journalists jailed for 3 years in Egypt

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An Egyptian court on Saturday jailed three Al Jazeera journalists for three years each on charges of broadcasting false news and working without permits, in the retrial of a case that has highlighted the country’s crackdown on the media.

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Judge Hassan Farid said the court investigated the case fully and established that Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed broadcast false news, were not journalists, and operated without permits or licences.

Australian citizen Greste was sentenced to a three-year prison sentence in absentia as President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi ordered him to be deported in January.

Three Egyptian students on trial alongside the journalists were also jailed for three years.

 Last year, the six men were sentenced to seven years in prison each on charges of collaborating with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood movement and spreading false news about Egypt.

The initial verdict was overturned on appeal in January and Farid later released the defendants on bail.

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