Pop song used in case against jailed journalists

The Guardian

Al Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed went on trial in Egypt again on Thursday, Patrick Kingsley reported in The Guardian. This time, prosecutors used images and video from cell phones in the terrorism case against the three, and a recording of “Somebody That I Used to Know.”

“The inefficiencies are just unbelievable,” (Greste) shouted to reporters from the defendants’ cage during a break in proceedings. “That whole cellphone that the prosecution says is mine is not mine. It’s all in Arabic. I don’t speak in Arabic. It has nothing to do with me. The integrity of my evidence is being corrupted and the mislabelling of that phone is the most obvious example of that.”

Other footage shown in court included al-Jazeera interviews with leaders from all sides of Egypt’s political spectrum, and reports about Muslim Brotherhood protests, along with apolitical stories about sheep and football.

Al-Jazeera’s acting bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy, a Canadian-Egyptian, center, and Australian correspondent Peter Greste, center right, appear in a defendant cage along with other defendants during a trial on terrorism charges in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, May 22, 2014. A defense lawyer for one of three Al-Jazeera journalists on trial in Egypt on terrorism charges has told the judge that the proceedings against his client “make no sense.” (AP Photo/Ahmed Gamil)

The three men were arrested in December of last year, and this was their ninth time before the judge. Kingsley reported that after watching the videos, Greste told the judge “We’re accused of showing that the country is at war. This story shows the opposite. It’s a story that shows we have no agenda.”

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