Peter Greste is an Australian al-Jazeera journalist who was arrested December 29th 2013 and was today sentenced to 7 years jail for ‘defaming Egypt”. The group was known as the “Marriott Terror Cell”.
Two other journalists were also sentenced along with Mr Greste.
Prosecutors claimed the three al-Jazeera journalists – Greste, a correspondent, along with Egyptian-Canadian Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed – used unlicensed equipment to broadcast false information to defame and destabilise Egypt
Greste and his colleagues are just three people caught up in a giant government-sponsored security crackdown. As many as 40,000 people are believed to have been arrested since the Muslim Brotherhood-backed government of Dr Mursi was forced from power by the military, with, it says, the backing of the Egyptian people. Hundreds have been sentenced to death.