The fiance of journalist Mohammad Fahmy is consoled by a friend following the verdicts in the sentencing hearing for Al-Jazeera journalists, in a courtroom in Cairo June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El Latif)
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An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists including Australia's Peter Greste to jail terms from seven to 10 years Monday in a verdict denounced internationally as "appalling" and "unjust".Greste and Egyptian-Canadian Mohammad Fadel Fahmy each got seven years, while producer Baher Mohammad received two sentences -- one for seven years and another for three.Eleven defendants tried in absentia, including one Dutch journalist and two British journalists, were given 10-year sentences.Of the six defendants in custody along with Greste, Fahmy and Mohammad, four were sentenced to seven years and two were acquitted.Al-Jazeera says only nine of the 20 defendants are on its staff, including the two British reporters based abroad.Sixteen defendants are Egyptians who were accused of belonging to the Brotherhood, which the authorities designated a "terrorist organisation" in December.Prosecutors had demanded the maximum penalty for all defendants: the 16 Egyptians could have been jailed for 25 years and the foreigners for 15 .
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