The public prosecutor announced the decision to extend their detention on the basis of five charges that included joining the Muslim Brotherhood, recently deemed an illegal terrorist group by the government.
Prosecutor Ahmad El-Rakib released a statement saying Al-Jazeera's Cairo news team members who were arrested Sunday have been charged with "joining a terrorist organisation, publishing false news harming national security, terrorising people and harming the people’s general benefit, and possessing broadcast equipment without licence."
Al-Jazeera identified the news staff that remains in custody as correspondent Peter Greste, producer Mohamed Fahmy, and producer Baher Mohamed. The three appeared in front of magistrates on Tuesday. Two are being held in Tora prison and one man is being detained at a police station. Al-Jazeera has demanded the "immediate and unconditional release" of its journalists.