Egypt extends detention of Al-Jazeera journalists

Egyptian authorities leveled new terrorism charges against three Al-Jazeera journalists arrested Sunday, and have remanded the Cairo news team into custody for fifteen days.
Posted By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   Dec. 31, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Egyptian authorities announced Tuesday that three of the four Al-Jazeera journalists arrested on terrorism charges on Sunday will remain in custody for 15 days; one of the arrested, a cameraman, has been released.

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.

[Daily News Egypt]

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