by Allanah Leahy – EM TV Online
Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed attended their retrial in an Egyptian court today.
The journalists were released on bail two weeks ago but were back on trial facing charges of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false news.
Marwa Omara, wife of one of the jailed journalists Mohamed Fahmy, spoke to journalists, saying:
“All these personalities have vouched that Mohamed does not belong to the Muslim Brotherhood and that he is a professional journalist who has a history of 15 years. He worked for CNN. He was in charge of the CNN office before he went to Al Jazeera. We should not confused the crimes of Al Jazeera, the channel, with its journalists.”
The pair were jailed in December 2013, along with Australian journalist Peter Greste, for aiding a ‘terrorist organisation’ and were freed on February 12 following 400 days imprisonment.
Fellow Al Jazeera journalist and British national, Sue Turton, who is wanted by the Egyptian state on similar charges, said:
“When we get the guys out, that doesn’t mean the end of it. We will keep protesting for other journalists who are unfairly imprisoned all over the world.”
Fahmy recently gave partial blame to Al Jazeera for his imprisonment, accusing the network of negligence.