Egyptian court recommends death penalty for three journalists

Tom MarkLast Update : Saturday 7 May 2016 - 3:14 PM
Egyptian court recommends death penalty for three journalists

An Egyptian court on Saturday sought the death penalty for three journalists, including a Jordanian, and three others for endangering national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive documents to Qatar.

The final ruling is expected on June 18, after the decision has been referred to Egypt’s 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.

The three journalists were sentenced in absentia. Two of them work for Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera. The defendants can appeal.

(Editing by Janet Lawrence)

Source: Reuters world

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