Egypt: Al-Jazeera's lawyer complains to judge

AP News
Posted: May 22, 2014 3:30 PM

CAIRO (AP) — A defense lawyer for one of three Al-Jazeera journalists on trial in Egypt on terrorism charges has told the judge that some of the proceedings against his client "make no sense."

Khaled Abu Bakr complained during six hours in court Thursday that the prosecution added new evidence without informing the defense.

The three journalists — award-winning Australian correspondent Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohammed — were arrested in a December raid on their hotel in Cairo.

They are accused of being part of a terrorist group and airing falsified footage intended to damage Egyptian national security. Egyptian authorities accuse Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera of providing a platform for the Muslim Brotherhood, which the government has branded a terrorist organization.

The trial is to resume on June 1.