Three Al Jazeera journalists are among 20 people bound over for trial on charges of supporting terrorism, Egyptian prosecutors said Wednesday.
The journalists - Australian Peter Greste, Canadian citizen Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed - are accused of "broadcasting false information and rumors to convince the international community that Egypt was undergoing a civil war."
Greste, Fahmy and Mohamed have been in custody since Dec. 29, when they were arrested for talking to members of the Muslim Brotherhood, declared a terrorist group by the military regime that ousted elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July.
The 20 defendants include three other foreigners, two Britons and a Dutchman, whose names were not disclosed.
The 16 Egyptian defendants are charged with "belonging to a terrorist organization (the Brotherhood), harming national unity and social peace, and using terrorism as a means to their goals."
Al Jazeera, which has repeatedly denied allegations of dishonest reporting and links to the Muslim Brotherhood, is seeking the immediate release of its personnel.
The cable network is based in Qatar, whose government strongly supported Morsi. The main backer of the Egyptian military regime is Saudi Arabia. EFE