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Al Jazeera journalists' retrial begins in Cairo

One, Mohamed Fahmy, is hoping to be deported to Canada.

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Ed Adamczyk
Three Al Jazeera journalists, left to right, Australian Peter Greste, Baher Mohamed and Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy stand behind caged bars with other defendants as they listen to the ruling at a court in Cairo, Egypt last June. The three were sentenced to seven years in prison on terrorism-related charges. The ruling brought worldwide criticism of the Egyptian court system. File Photo by Karem Ahmed/UPI
Three Al Jazeera journalists, left to right, Australian Peter Greste, Baher Mohamed and Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy stand behind caged bars with other defendants as they listen to the ruling at a court in Cairo, Egypt last June. The three were sentenced to seven years in prison on terrorism-related charges. The ruling brought worldwide criticism of the Egyptian court system. File Photo by Karem Ahmed/UPI | License Photo

CAIRO, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A retrial of two Al Jazeera journalists began Thursday in Cairo after they were convicted of aiding the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and jailed.

Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed spent 411 days in jail before a retrial was ordered last month, citing a lack of evidence in the original trial. A third convicted Al Jazeera journalist, Peter Greste, spend 400 days in prison before he was deported to his native Australia on Feb. 1 by presidential decree. The three, with seven outside Egypt, were accused of spreading "false news" as they covered the 2013 military overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi's government, and were arrested in December 2013.

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Fahmy, Mohamed and Greste contended they were merely doing their jobs in reporting the events.

Fahmy, who was born in Egypt and has dual Egyptian-Canadian citizenship, was released on bail about an hour after the retrial began. He has renounced his Egyptian citizenship in hope of being deported to Canada.

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