An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to three years in prison on Saturday, bringing the widely publicized trial to a close. Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, who represented Canadian journalist Mohammed Fahmy in the trial, told reporters, “The verdict today sends a very dangerous message in Egypt.”
She continued, “It sends a message that journalists can be locked up for simply doing their job, for telling the truth and reporting the news. And it sends a dangerous message that there are judges in Egypt who will allow their courts to become instruments of political repression and propaganda.”
In her statement given after the sentencing, Clooney, who is married to George Clooney, also urged Egypt’s President Abdel al-Sisi to overturn the decision, PEOPLE reports.
Fahmy and the other two reporters, Peter Greste of Australia and Baher Mohammed of Egypt, were charged in 2013 for allegedly being associated with the Muslim Brotherhood and airing falsified footage with intent to damage national security.
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