1 Apr 2014

Al Jazeera journalists still in prison

1:41 pm on 1 April 2014

Australian journalist Peter Greste of Al Jazeera and two of his colleagues have had their trial in Egypt adjourned and are still in prison, having again been denied bail.

Peter Greste still in custody.

Peter Greste still in custody. Photo: AFP (file)

The ABC reports there had been hopes Greste could have been freed during a court appearance on Monday after Prime Minister Tony Abbott spoke directly to interim Egyptian president Adly Mansour last week.

However the trio, who are accused of spreading false news and having links with the Muslim Brotherhood - which is blacklisted as a terrorist organisation - had their case adjourned until April 10.

It was Mr Greste's fourth appearance in court after more than 90 days in prison. In an unusual move he was allowed to directly approach the judge and tell him why he should be freed.

In words translated for the judge, Greste said that he had only been in Egypt for two weeks before his arrest and he had no connection with the Muslim Brotherhood.

He also said that he had committed no crimes of violence, had no criminal record, and that he poses no threat to the people or state of Egypt.

Mr Greste told the court that his only desire is to continue the fight to clear his name.

Mr Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were arrested in a Cairo hotel room on 29 December.

They have constantly denied the charges, which Al Jazeera has labelled absurd.