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Dutch to raise Egypt journalist jailings with EU

Peter Greste, Mohammad Fahmy and Baher Mohammad (L to R), listen to the ruling at a court in Cairo June 23, 2014. (REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)

THE HAGUE: The Netherlands have summoned the Egyptian ambassador over Cairo's heavy sentencing Monday of several journalists, including a Dutch one, for allegedly helping the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood and will raise the issue with the EU.

"I have summoned the Egyptian ambassador to the ministry and will raise this matter with my European Union colleagues in Luxembourg," Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said in a statement, adding that Dutch journalist Rena Netjes, who was tried in absentia, "did not get a fair trial."

 

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