Egyptian court sentences 529 to death

A court in Egypt has sentenced 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death, sparking outrage from relatives and protests in Cairo.

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Jailed journalist dragged away by guards in court

There were angry scenes inside the court in Egypt after a court sentenced three imprisoned journalists to jail for seven years.

Read: Journalists sentenced 'for aiding Muslim Brotherhood and false reporting'

Egyptian Baher Mohammed, Canadian-Egyptian Mogammed Fahmy and Australian Peter Greste have been detained since a December raid in their hotel in Cairo. Fahmy, who was acting bureau chief shouted angrily from the defendents cage after the sentences were read out.

Watch: Journalist's family hear news of 'crazy' sentence


Family vow to fight to free jailed journalist

The family of Peter Greste have vowed to continue their fight to free him from jail in Egypt.


As a family we are devastated but our resolve is immense. The fight will continue and we will not rest. #AJTrial #freedom #FAMILY #fighting

Read: Amnesty International said the jailing of Al-Jazeera is a "dark day for media freedom"

Amnesty: Jailing of Al-Jazeera journalists 'a dark day'

Human rights charity Amnesty International has issued a strongly worded condemnation after three Al-Jazeera journalists were each sentenced to seven years in jail by an Egyptian court.

“This is a devastating verdict for the men and their families, and a dark day for media freedom in Egypt, when journalists are being locked up and branded criminals or ‘terrorists’ simply for doing their job,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty's Director of the Middle East and North Africa.

“The only reason these three men are in jail is because the Egyptian authorities don’t like what they have to say. They are prisoners of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released", he added

David Cameron and William Hague have both expressed their unhappiness at the verdict, with Downing Street saying the Prime Minister is "completely appalled" by the decision.

Read: Journalists sentenced 'for aiding Muslim Brotherhood'

Al-Jazeera: Jail terms 'defy logic, sense and justice'

Al-Jazeera English's managing director Al Anstey said the sentencing of the journalists defied any "logic, sense, and any semblance of justice".

Read: Journalists sentenced for 'aiding Muslim Brotherhood'

He said the only sensible outcome now was for the sentences to be overturned.

Today three colleagues and friends were sentenced, and will continue to be kept behind bars for doing a brilliant job of being great journalists.

Guilty' of covering stories with great skill and integrity. 'Guilty' of defending people's right to know what is going on in their world.

Peter, Mohamed, and Baher and six of our other colleagues were sentenced despite the fact that not a shred of evidence was found to support the extraordinary and false charges against them. At no point during the long drawn out 'trial' did the absurd allegations stand up to scrutiny.

There is only one sensible outcome now - for the verdict to be overturned, and justice to be recognised by Egypt.

Downing Street said the Prime Minister was "completely appalled" by the verdicts, and Egypt's ambassador has been summoned to the Foreign Office, the Foreign Secretary said.

Read: Egypt's ambassador summoned over journalist's jail terms


Egypt's ambassador summoned over jail terms

The Egyptian ambassador will be summoned to the Foreign Office over the jail terms handed to Al-Jazeera journalists, the Foreign Secretary said.


Egyptian Ambassador to London will be summoned to the @foreignoffice today over sentencing of journalists in #Egypt

Devastated family vow to fight against jail term

The family of Australian journalist Peter Greste said they were "devastated" by the sentence, but vowed to fight on. Writing on Facebook, his family called for his supporters to fight on.

We are so devastated! Peter has received 7 years. This is not the end. Please make noise, this is unjust and a slap in the face for freedom of speech and media

Read: Hague calls for Egypt to review 'unacceptable sentences'

Hague: Egypt should review 'unacceptable sentences'

Foreign Secretary William Hague has called on the Egyptian government to review the "unacceptable" sentences passed against the three Al-Jazeera journalists jailed for seven years.


#Egypt should review unacceptable sentences against Egyptian and international journalists and show commitment to freedom of the press

Read: Australian government appalled at jail term

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