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Retrial Of Al Jazeera Journalists Adjourned To June 11

Al-Jazeera's Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed (C) and Egyptian-Canadian reporter Mohamed Fadel Fahmy (L) attend their trial at
Al-Jazeera's Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed (C) and Egyptian-Canadian reporter Mohamed Fadel Fahmy (L) attend their trial at the Tora prison in the capital Cairo on February 23, 2015. The Egyptian court postponed the trial of the two Al-Jazeera journalists to March 8, 2015, with Canadian reporter Fahmy saying he hoped for a fair hearing in a case that sparked global criticism. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

CAIRO, June 4 (Reuters) - A Cairo court on Thursday adjourned the retrial of Al Jazeera television journalists to June 11 for more closing statements by the defense team.

The journalists are charged with aiding a terrorist organization, a reference to the Muslim Brotherhood, which was outlawed in Egypt after the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi amid mass protests against his rule in 2013.

Mohamed Fahmy, a naturalized Canadian who has given up his Egyptian citizenship, and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were released on bail in February after spending more than a year in custody.

A third Al Jazeera journalist, Australian Peter Greste, was deported in February.

The journalists were originally sentenced to between seven and 10 years in prison on charges including spreading lies to help a terrorist organization, which they have denied.

Egypt's high court ordered the retrial in January. (Reporting by Shadi Bushra; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Gareth Jones)