Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced to 7 years in Egypt

Three Al Jazeera journalists have been sentenced to seven years in jail after an Egyptian judge found them guilty on charges of aiding a “terrorist organisation” by publishing lies.

The three include Australian Peter Greste, Al Jazeera’s Kenya-based correspondent, and Canadian-Egyptian national Mohamed Fahmy, bureau chief of Al Jazeera English.

The verdict — delivered to a packed courtroom in Cairo — has left Greste’s Brisbane-based family devastated.

A third defendant, Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed, received an additional three-year jail sentence on a separate charge involving gun possession.

Another 11 defendants were sentenced in absentia to 10 years.