Egypt postpones retrial of 2 Al-Jazeera English journalists

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Posted: Mar 08, 2015 2:39 PM
Egypt postpones retrial of 2 Al-Jazeera English journalists

CAIRO (AP) — The retrial of two Al-Jazeera English journalists who face terror-related charges in Egypt was postponed to March 19 after a brief hearing on Sunday.

Acting bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy, who has Canadian citizenship, and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed were freed last month awaiting trial, though they've had to check in with police daily. Their first hearing on Feb. 23 also was postponed.

Al-Jazeera criticized the postponement in a statement, saying it has urged a swift retrial and that "wasted opportunities like today and the last hearing do not help towards that end."

The two journalists, arrested in December 2013, are charged with being part of a terrorist group and airing falsified footage intended to damage national security. Al-Jazeera is based in Qatar, a main backer of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

The journalists insist they were just doing their job by covering pro-Islamist protests, and human rights organizations and media groups have criticized the trial.

Australian journalist Peter Greste, also charged in the case, was deported in February.