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Australian journalist on trial in Egypt denounces 'injustice'

Published on May 3, 2014 8:26 PM
 

CAIRO (AFP) - An Australian journalist with satellite news channel al-Jazeera on trial in Egypt on Saturday described his ordeal as a "massive injustice", after spending more than four months in jail.

The award-winning Peter Greste is on trial with 19 co-defendants, including five al-Jazeera journalists, for allegedly defaming the country and ties to the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood.

Saturday's hearing coincided with World Press Freedom Day.

"We recognise the significance of the coincidence of this trial falling on World Press Freedom Day. This is a very clear message," Greste said from a caged dock at the court in Cairo.

Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste of Australia stands in a metal cage during his trial in a court in Cairo on March 24, 2014. An Australian journalist with satellite news channel al-Jazeera on trial in Egypt on Saturday, May 3, 2014, described his ordeal as a "massive injustice", after spending more than four months in jail. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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