Egypt court again postpones verdict in Al Jazeera retrial

An Egyptian court on Sunday postponed for a second time its verdict in the retrial of three Al Jazeera journalists, rescheduling it for August 29.

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CAIRO // An Egyptian court on Sunday postponed for a second time its verdict in the retrial of three Al Jazeera journalists, rescheduling it for August 29.

The court had already put off its verdict last Thursday because the judge was reportedly ill.

Another judge at Sunday’s hearing said the verdict was being delayed again because other defendants in the trial could not be brought to the courtroom from their cells.

Australian Peter Greste, Canadian Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohammed were jailed last year for “spreading false news” that supported the Muslim Brotherhood during their coverage of the Egyptian military ousting president Mohammed Morsi amid massive protests in 2013.

Fahmy, Baher and several other defendants in the trial were released on bail at the start of the retrial early this year, but at least one co-defendant has been jailed in a separate case.

* Agence France-Presse