Cairo court adjourns Al Jazeera journalists’ trial to June 4 

Cairo

June 1, Cairo: The much-delayed retrial for two Al Jazeera journalists has been further adjourned to June 4, when the defence will make their closing arguments.

Monday’s hearing was the fifth in the retrial of Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy.

Prosecutors have accused the two of “spreading false news” and having ties to former president Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group, charges which the journalists and Al Jazeera vigorously reject.

Another Al Jazeera journalist, Peter Greste, also faces the same charges but was deported back to his native Australia in February this year.

Greste was told by the judge that he must appear for the retrial or he will be formally declared on trial in absentia. The judge called out his name in court on Monday.

“That means I will automatically get a conviction if I don’t appear, but of course I can’t go back because President Sisi deported me, so I’m stuck in this legal limbo,” Greste told Reuters news agency in an interview published on Friday.

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