Egypt court delays ruling on Al-Jazeera appeal

Egypt's military-backed government has repeatedly accused The Qatar-funded Al-Jazeera channel of harboring bias in favor of the ousted president and his supporters

Egypt court delays ruling on Al-Jazeera appeal

World Bulletin/News Desk

An Egyptian court on Saturday adjourned until May 24 its ruling on an appeal against an earlier verdict to turn down a lawsuit calling on the government to label Al-Jazeera news channel as a sponsor of terrorism, a judicial source said.

The Cairo court of urgent matters postponed its ruling on the appeal against an earlier decision to reject the case, so that the lawyer of the Qatar-owned channel can have the chance to submit relevant documents, the source said.

Last month, the court rejected the lawsuit, saying it has no jurisdiction to rule in the case.

Lawyer Samir Sabri, who has filed a string of lawsuits targeting ousted president Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group, filed the lawsuit, accusing Al-Jazeera of sponsoring terrorism.

Egypt's military-backed government has repeatedly accused The Qatar-funded Al-Jazeera channel of harboring bias in favor of the ousted president and his supporters – allegations the network rejects.

Relations between Cairo and Doha have soured dramatically since last July, when the army ousted Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected leader – on the back of demonstrations against his presidency.

Following Morsi's ouster and subsequent imprisonment, a number of his supporters fled to Qatar amid a heavy-handed crackdown on dissent by Egypt's army-backed interim authorities.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Mayıs 2014, 16:02

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