Egypt retrial for al Jazeera journalists, Fahmy hoping for deportation

In this Saturday, May 3, 2014 file photo, Canadian-Egyptian acting Al-Jazeera bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy talks to the judge in a courthouse near Tora prison along with several other defendants during their trial on terror charges in Cairo, Egypt. AP Photo

An Egyptian court will retry Al-Jazeera journalists from February 12, a judicial official said Feb. 8, after an Australian reporter was deported and a Canadian awaits his own deportation.

Australia’s Peter Greste, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, all journalists with the Qatari-owned channel, were originally sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for allegedly aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood.

However, an appeals court overturned that verdict in January and ordered a retrial.

Greste was deported on February 1 under a presidential decree that allows the authorities to expel foreigners charged in Egypt and see them instead face trial in their home countries.

Lawyers said the court will likely drop proceedings against Greste after the opening session.

In a bid to secure his own deportation, Fahmy has renounced his Egyptian nationality and is awaiting a return to Canada…