Egyptian-Canadian journalist held in Egypt denied bail again

Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian-Egyptian national, stands in a metal cage during...

Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian-Egyptian national, stands in a metal cage during his trial in a court in Cairo March 24, 2014. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper

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, Last Updated: 3:31 PM ET

An Egyptian-Canadian journalist detained in Egypt under accusations of terrorism will remain behind bars after a judge denied his request for release Monday.

Mohamed Fadel Fahmy was working as a producer for Al Jazeera when he, fellow producer Baher Mohamed and Australian correspondent Peter Greste were arrested on Dec. 29.

The trio are accused of being members of the Muslim Brotherhood, inciting violence and possessing unlicensed broadcasting equipment which Egyptian officials allege they used to spread false stories.

They were denied bail a week ago.

"I drink alcohol - do you really think I'm a member of the Muslim Brotherhood?" Fahmy said to the judge Monday, according to Guardian reporter Patrick Kingsley, who has been tweeting from the trial.

"I ask you to find us innocent. We had tea with the police every day. We wanted to do a report about police martyrs," Fahmy said.

Kingsley said Fahmy's lawyer, Khaled Abo Bakr, asked for his client to be released so he can get an operation on his shoulder, which was injured during his arrest and was not treated until earlier this month.

"Bail denied, trial adjourned to the 10th of April, 2014. The nightmare continues!!" tweeted Fahmy's account, which is run by his family, after the judge returned from a recess.

The trial has been beset by delays like prosecutors failing to show up. At Monday's proceedings, equipment needed to view video evidence was not available.


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