Six sentenced to death by Cairo court in ‘espionage case’

COURT1{BNN / CAIRO, Egypt}  – Six defendants have reportedly been given a preliminary death sentence by an Egyptian court on May 7 in what has been dubbed the “Qatar espionage case.”

According to reports the six defendants, including two Al-Jazeera’s news producer Alaa Omar Mohammed and news editor Ibrahim Mohammed Hilal, allegedly secreted documents relating to national security to Qatar during the reign of President Mohammed Morsi.

The two employees were reportedly given the sentences in absentia along with Asmaa al-Khateib, who worked for a media outlet Rasd.

Further, Rasd reportedly had links with President Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which was declared a terrorist organisation after Morsi’s eviction from presidency.

Reports added that a verdict will also be passed on June 18 against Morsi and four other defendants after the case is sent to Egypt’s highest Sunni religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for scrutiny.

Al-Jazeera has reportedly responded to these claims with a statement in which they openly rejected the “absurd allegations that [Mohammed and Hilal] were in collaboration with the elected government of Mohammed Morsi.”

Additionally, the Egyptian government reportedly holds Al Jazeera responsible for broadcasting news of Egypt in Middle-Eastern areas that favour militant organisations.. READ MORE

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.