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Mohamed Fahmy, Al Jazeera English Cairo Bureau Chief, Imprisoned

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Baher Mahmoud, left, Mohammed Fahmy, center, and Peter Greste.

By    |   Monday, 23 Jun 2014 09:52 AM

Three journalists including Mohamed Fahmy, Cairo bureau chief of Al Jazeera English, were sentenced to seven to 10 years in prison by Egyptian authorities on Monday. The convictions have been seen as a major blow to freedom of the press in Egypt.

Australian Peter Greste, Al Jazeera's Kenya-based correspondent, and Fahmy, a Canadian-Egyptian national, received seven year sentences for, among other things, reporting on toppled President Morsi and his banned Muslim Brotherhood — labeled a "terrorist organization" after last summer's military coup. Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed was given an additional three years on possession of ammunition charges, Reuters reported.

"I swear they will pay for this!" Fahmy shouted from the defendants' courtroom cages upon hearing his sentence.

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"This is terribly devastating. I am stunned, dumbstruck. I've no other words," said Greste's brother Michael, who was near tears when the verdict was handed down.

Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey said the verdict defied "logic, sense, and any semblance of justice."

"There were many moments during the hearings where in any other court of law, the trial would be thrown out," his statement said. "There were numerous irregularities in addition to the lack of evidence to stand up the ill-conceived allegations."

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, also condemned the verdict, saying, "We understand that Egypt has been through some very difficult times. But this sort of verdict does nothing to support Egypt's claims to be on a transition to democracy. The Australian government urges Egypt to reflect on what sort of message is being sent to the world about the situation in Egypt. Freedom and freedom of the press is fundamental to a democracy."

UK Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "completely appalled" by the verdict, according to The Telegraph.

Prosecutors charged that the journalists were operating illegally in Egypt, and that their broadcasts created the appearance the country was at civil war when the democratically-elected Morsi was ousted by Egyptian military leaders. Al Jazeera is Qatar-based, and the company's journalists are widely regarded as being punished for the rift between Qatar and Egypt the coup produced.

The case will likely be appealed.

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Three journalists including Mohamed Fahmy, Cairo bureau chief of Al Jazeera English, were sentenced to seven to 10 years in prison by Egyptian authorities on Monday. The convictions have been seen as a major blow to freedom of the press in Egypt.
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