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Thursday 19 October 2017

Retrial date set for journalists

Australian journalist Peter Greste was released earlier this month (AP)
Australian journalist Peter Greste was released earlier this month (AP)

The retrial of two detained Al-Jazeera English journalists will begin on February 12, Egyptian court officials said, in a case widely dismissed by rights groups as a sham.

Their colleague Peter Greste was released earlier this month and deported to Australia.

Canada's now-former foreign minister John Baird said earlier this month, just prior to his recent resignation, that Canadian-Egyptian Mohammed Fahmy could be imminently released after renouncing his Egyptian nationality.

It was not immediately clear how the retrial would affect that process.

Egyptian authorities accused the journalists of providing a platform for ousted president Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, now declared a terrorist organisation.

But authorities provided no concrete evidence.

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