Al Jazeera television journalists Mohamed Fahmy, C, talks to the media, with his wife, Marwa Omara, L, and lawyer Amal Clooney (R), before hearing the verdict at a court in Cairo, Egypt, August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
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The Cairo court said Greste, along with Canadian Mohammad Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammad, had broadcast "false" news that had harmed Egypt and sentenced them to three years in jail.The three journalists were sentenced to between seven and 10 years in jail last year, but an appeals court in January granted them a retrial, saying the verdict had not been backed by evidence.Fahmy and Mohammad were in the Cairo court for the verdict, and Fahmy's lawyer Amal Clooney told reporters she would press the presidency for a pardon.Canada called for the "immediate return" of Fahmy, while Qatar-based Al-Jazeera denounced the verdict as an "attack on press freedom".Al-Jazeera's head of litigation, Farah Muftah, said in Doha the ruling would be appealed once the judge publishes the basis for his sentencings.Fahmy and Mohammad, who were released on bail in February at the start of the retrial, were taken into custody.Al-Jazeera's Arabic channel had been supportive of Morsi and Islamists, but Fahmy, Greste and Mohamed worked for its English-language news channel.
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