Jazeera reporters to remain in Egypt custody: lawyer

Dutch journalist Rena Netjes takes part in a protest, on December 29, 2014 in front of Egypt embassy in The Hague, to call for the release of three journalists of al Jazeera jailed since December 29, 2013. Australian Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste was convicted in June along with two Al-Jazeera colleagues, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed for defaming Egypt and aiding banned Islamists.

CAIRO - Three Al-Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt for aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood will remain in custody pending their retrial, a defence lawyer said Thursday.

Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed of the broadcaster's English service were detained in December 2013 in a case that triggered global outrage.

"Their release on bail can only be ordered by the court that will hold their retrial," said Greste's defence lawyer Amr Al-Deeb, after Egypt's top court ordered the new hearings.