Egypt court delays verdict in Al-Jazeera reporters' retrial

CAIRO: Egyptian judicial officials say a Cairo court has postponed the verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English reporters until Aug. 2.

The officials say the judge in the case, Hassan Farid, is ill. The verdict was initially expected on Thursday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to talk to reporters.

The three — Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed — were detained in December 2013.

They were later sentenced to up to 10 years in prison each, before Egypt's highest court ordered the retrial on charges of being part of a terrorist group and airing falsified footage intended to damage national security.

Greste was released and deported in February. Fahmy and Mohammed were later released on bail.