The imprisonment of the journalists on charges relating to terrorism provoked Foreign Secretary William Hague to summon the Egyptian ambassador in London for a meeting yesterday.The journalists were arrested in December as part of a crackdown on Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.There were 14 other co-defendants in the case, including two British journalists, Sue Turton and Dominic Kane. Eight being tried in absentia each received 10-year prison sentences.A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “The Prime Minister is completely appalled by the guilty verdicts.”We are particularly concerned about the reports of procedural issues during the trial, including that key prosecution evidence was not made available to the defence team.”We will continue to raise this issue with the Egyptian government and urge them to review this case as a matter of urgency and demonstrate their commitment to freedom of expression.
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