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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Egypt court orders release of Al Jazeera journalists on bail

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Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy
Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy

With reporting from Peter Kovessy

After more than a year in jail, two Al Jazeera English journalists in Egypt have been ordered released on bail by a Cairo court.

However, the case against Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed has not been dismissed, and the two are expected to return to court on Feb. 23 for their ongoing re-trial.

Commenting on today’s development, an Al Jazeera spokesman said in a statement:

“Bail is a small step in the right direction, and allows Baher and Mohamed to spend time with their families after 411 days apart. The focus though is still on the court reaching the correct verdict at the next hearing by dismissing this absurd case and releasing both these fine journalists unconditionally.”

Fahmy, Mohamed and colleague Peter Greste were arrested in December 2013 and sentenced last summer to serve seven to 10 years in prison for spreading false news and supporting a terrorist group while covering protests against the overthrow of former president Mohamed Morsi.

Jailed Al Jazeera English journalists.
Formerly jailed Al Jazeera English journalists.

The trio have maintained their innocence.

Greste, an Australian, was suddenly released and deported from Cairo earlier this month.

Fahmy, a dual Canadian-Egyptian who has renounced his Egyptian citizenship, was released today on 250,000 Egyptian pound bail ($32,251).

Mohamed, an Egyptian, did not have to pay to post bail, the Guardian reports.

Online cheers

Reaction online to the bail announcement was met with joy by many of the journalists’ colleagues and supporters:

Greste himself also cheered for the release of his peers:

Thoughts?

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Pete
Pete
5 years ago

Good news. But Al Jazeera should remember what they did to their own employees on JCC…that was also a disgrace.

TheyTookTheMoney
TheyTookTheMoney
5 years ago
Reply to  Pete

Wow, we have a judge over here.

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  Pete

R u serious ?? Al Jazeera and the state and all its officials throw all they have behind these journalist

Observant One
Observant One
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Rubbish, The Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Australian PM, Australian Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade got Greste out, Qatar left him to rot. Also notice he bypassed Qatar and headed to Cyprus then Australia?

Yacine
Yacine
5 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

Man you are so ignorant. I have been following the case and Qatar played a better role than Australia. It is just that the dictator’s regime hates Qatar to a point any support from Qatar would be ignored and might even be negative. Qatar eventually stepped back and let the Australians do the job as they have better relations with the Egyptians. Guys where do you get your information from? How easy is it for you to bash Qatar for every single issue in the Middle East?

Fahmi
Fahmi
5 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

What an idiot you are.

Pete
Pete
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Where did I suggest that Al Jazeera and the state did nothing. I simply compared the unfairness in Egypt to the unfairness that Al Jazeera subjected their own employees to, here in Qatar. Remember…the guys who’ve just had their cases dropped after spending 2 years or more in confinement here in Qatar. 2 different cases but similar.

https://dohanews.co/al-jazeera-agrees-dropping-charges-former-executives/

Observant One
Observant One
5 years ago
Reply to  Pete

Yep Al Jazeera is just a puppet of the regime. Heavy hitting when it comes to reporting on others but silent on the human rights abuses in its own backyard.

Althani
Althani
5 years ago

Hip hip hooray

MrJames
MrJames
5 years ago

Great news.
My heart says: stay and fight these ridiculous charges.
My head says: bail out, head for Doha and claim a mighty Al Jazeera pension and retire 😉

Observant One
Observant One
5 years ago
Reply to  MrJames

Greste headed for Doha…not. Why would he ? What assistance will Qatar or Al Jazeera offer?

MrJames
MrJames
5 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

Do you think he was avoiding you?

I’m not saying he was… I’m just putting it out there…

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