CAIRO – Two lawyers representing Al-Jazeera English journalists on trial in Egypt abruptly have quit the case, accusing the Doha-based network of using the arrest of their staff to tarnish Egypt's image.
The two lawyers' decision came during a hearing for the men Thursday in Cairo. At the same hearing, prosecutors also said lawyers for the journalists must pay 1.2 million Egyptian pounds — $700,000 — for copies of evidence against them.
Canadian-Egyptian acting bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy, Australian correspondent Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed are facing charges of belonging and aiding a terrorist group, namely the Muslim Brotherhood. That's the group from which ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi hails. They also face charges of fabricating footage to undermine Egypt's national security.
The journalists and the network deny the charges.