Al-Jazeera ‘Voice of Qatar’ journalists face more jail time, eye deportation

Al-Jazeera reporters Peter Greste (L), Mohamed Fahmy (C) and Baher Mohamed follow their trial proceedings from the defendants cage at the police institute in Cairo on June 23, 2014

Three Al-Jazeera journalists faced Friday the prospect of at least several more weeks in Egyptian prison, with two of them awaiting a decision on whether they can be deported, lawyers and relatives said.

Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were detained in December 2013 for spreading false information and accused of aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood.

Their supporters say the charges were politically motivated.

Greste’s lawyer said he had submitted a request to have his client deported from Egypt under a new law signed by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

A similar demand has been made to deport Fahmy to Canada, according to his brother, while Mohamed’s wife said she was looking at ways to get her husband out of Egypt…