Three weeks ago, three Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt had their pleas for release denied by a judge; today journalists covering their case were kicked out of the courtroom.
First time journalists expelled from courtroom in AJ trial. Usually allowed to speak to defendants during recess.
— Sharif Kouddous (@sharifkouddous) April 22, 2014
Now standing in area outside courtroom. Cannot believe we had to leave but it felt like we may have been arrested if we stayed. #AJtrial — Ruth Pollard (@rpollard) April 22, 2014
The expelled journalists who hung around were eventually let back in the courtroom under the order they don’t speak with the imprisoned journalists–who are locked in cages during the trial–when courtroom recess take place.
Today, prosecutors played Al Jazeera clips they claim prove their case of the journalists’ ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, including protests, street interviews, and an interview with Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam el-Erian.
Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy, and Baher Mohammed have been imprisoned in Egypt for almost four months.
(h/t Huffington Post)