Egypt sentences another Al Jazeera journalist to jail

Ahmed Mansour, a presenter on the Doha-based broadcaster’s Arabic channel was given a 15-year jail term in absentia on a charge of torturing a lawyer in Tahrir Square, which he denies
Egypt sentences another Al Jazeera journalist to jail
Al Jazeera news channel
By Courtney Trenwith
Wed 15 Oct 2014 11:13 AM

Another Al Jazeera journalist has been sentenced to jail in Egypt, although this time in absentia.

Ahmed Mansour, a presenter on the Doha-based broadcaster’s Arabic channel was given a 15-year jail term on a charge of torturing a lawyer in Tahrir Square during an uprising on January 25, 2011, according to Al Jazeera.

Denying the charge, Mansour said there was not a single piece of evidence to rightfully convict him and he was not at the square at the time of the alleged crime.

“I have been accused for things which I never saw or did,” he wrote on his Facebook page from Qatar.

“A lot of people asked me to respond to the sentence. I would like to say to all people that I will not comment on a corrupt decision issued by a corrupt judiciary and criminal regime.”

Al Jazeera journalists Baher Mohamed, Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy also have been convicted of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood and are currently serving jail terms in Cairo ranging from 7-10 years.

A third Arabic journalist was released after a long hunger strike.

Al Jazeera has denied the charges against all of its employees and continues to call for their release.

“This unjust ruling [against Mansour] along with false accusations and criminal charges is further evidence of the attempt to silence journalists, tarnish their reputations and disrupt their work,” an Al Jazeera spokesman said on Tuesday.

Eleven other defendants tried in absentia on Tuesday, including a Dutch national and two British journalists, were given 10-year sentences.

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