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Al Jazeera journalists receive hefty prison terms in Egypt

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the prison terms draconian. (Source: CNN) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the prison terms draconian. (Source: CNN)

CAIRO (CNN) - Three Al Jazeera journalists have been handed hefty jail sentences by an Egyptian court.

They're accused of spreading false news and conspiring with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood

Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy received seven-year sentences. Baher Mohamed got 10 years.

Eleven more defendants not present in court were sentenced to 10 years.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the sentences from Iraq, where he was meeting with the embattled nation's prime minister.

"Today's conviction is obviously a chilling and draconian sentence and it's deeply disturbing to see in the midst of Egypt's transition. It simply cannot stand if Egypt is going to be able to move forward in the way that Egypt needs to move forward," Kerry said.

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