Lawyers Request Maximum Sentence For Al Jazeera Journalists on Trial in Egypt

June 5, 2014 10:32 PM

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Prosecutors demanded the heaviest possible punishment for three Al Jazeera English journalists on trial in Egypt after accusing them of trying to damage the country's reputation, including by reporting on sexual violence.

Mohamed Barakat, the lead prosecution lawyer, made the comments today during his closing remarks at the trial’s 11th hearing. The maximum possible penalty varies by defendant from seven to 15 years in jail, their family members told VICE News.

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