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Jazeera reporters to remain in Egypt custody: lawyer

January 1, 2015

Three Al-Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt for aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood will remain in custody pending their retrial, a defence lawyer said Thursday.

Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed of the broadcaster’s English service were detained in December 2013 in a case that triggered global outrage.

“Their release on bail can only be ordered by the court that will hold their retrial,” said Greste’s defence lawyer Amr Al-Deeb, after Egypt’s top court ordered the new hearings.

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.