Egypt court delays verdict on Al-Jazeera journalists

London, July 30 : A court in Egypt has delayed the announcement of the verdict, scheduled to be announced today, in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera journalists previously jailed for allegedly aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste were sentenced to ten years in prison in June 2014.

Their convictions for spreading false news were overturned on appeal and they were released on bail in February.

Greste, who was deported to Australia and was due to be tried in absentia, described the move as ‘incredibly frustrating’, the BBC reported.

Mohamed Fahmy was also seen disappointed on being told by court officials that there will be no sessions today.

The Dutch ambassador to Egypt, who was due to attend the hearing, tweeted that it had been postponed until August 8.

The journalists have vigorously denied collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is considered to be a terrorist group that was outlawed in Egypt after the army overthrew President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

According to campaign group Reporters Without Borders, there are currently 139 journalists imprisoned around the world, including 10 in Egypt. (ANI)