Egypt: Court Recommends Death for Journalists

Journalists protest against restriction on the press and to demand the release of detained journalists, in front of the Press Syndicate in Cairo, Egypt May 4, 2016. REUTERS/Staff

Journalists protest against restriction on the press and to demand the release of detained journalists, in front of the Press Syndicate in Cairo, Egypt May 4, 2016. REUTERS/Staff

Reuters Africa is reporting an Egyptian court on Saturday sought the death penalty for three journalists and three others charged with endangering national security by leaking state secrets and documents to Qatar.

The final ruling is expected on June 18, after the sentence has been referred to the top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for a non-binding opinion. The verdict against former president Mohamed Mursi, who is charged in the same case, was postponed to the same day.

Reuters writes:

“The three journalists, one Jordanian, were sentenced in absentia. Two of them work for Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera. They can appeal. The sentence is the latest since a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood after an army takeover stripped Mursi of power in 2013 following mass protests against his rule. Mursi and other Brotherhood leaders, as well as leading figures from the 2011 popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, many of them secular activists and journalists, are now in jail.”

Read more at Reuters Africa.

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