Dismay over Egyptian court decision to uphold sentence of Al-Jazeera journalists

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The decision by an Egyptian court to uphold the sentencing of three Al-Jazeera journalists has been met with deep regret by the UN Secretary-General.

On Sunday, the Egyptian government upheld the sentences of Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and other correspondents of Al-Jazeera working in the country.

Maria Carlino reports.

On Saturday, the Egyptian Court of Cassation upheld the prison sentences of three Al-Jazeera journalists that had been working in the country. 

Egyptian journalist Baher Mohamed and his Canadian colleague Mohamed Fahmy are returning to jail for three more years after a retrial found them guilty on charges of fabricating news reports.

Australian Peter Greste, who was deported to his home country in February, was sentenced in absentia.

The UN Secretary-General said he "deeply regrets" the decision by the Egyptian court.

Ban Ki-moon recalled his earlier appeals for their cases to be resolved expeditiously and in accordance with Egypt's international obligations to protect freedom of expression and association.

Mr Ban also underscored the importance of pluralism and respect for fundamental freedoms for the long-term prosperity and stability of Egypt.

The three reporters were initially arrested in 2013 and were convicted and sentenced in June 2014 by the Egyptian court.

Maria Carlino, United Nations.

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