An Egyptian court has again denied bail to three Al-Jazeera journalists who have spent almost 100 days in jail since their arrest on charges of spreading false news and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood.
Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed appeared in a Cairo court for the fourth time yesterday. The trial was adjourned again until 10 April.
Al Jazeera said in a statement that it rejects the charges against its staff and continues to call for their immediate release.
Greste, who has been a news correspondent for more than 30 years, told the court he had no connection to the Muslim Brotherhood.
He said: "I arrived in Cairo two weeks before my arrest … the idea that I have a connection with the Muslim Brotherhood is frankly preposterous. I would like to emphasise that we pose no risk to either the state of Egypt or any individual."
Fahmy added: "After three hearings, it's apparent that there's no case against us. No witness has anything that incriminates us."
Governments and institutions including Australia, the US, the EU and the UN have called for their release and for press freedom in Egypt to be upheld.