Al Jazeera launches $150m claim against Egypt


Lawyers for Qatar-owned media network Al Jazeera are seeking compensation in excess of $150 million from Egypt for damages caused by a “campaign mounted against it by the military government of the Arab Republic of Egypt”.
The network announced in a statement posted online on Wednesday that a claim was filed with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington DC last week, but the formal announcement was made Wednesday by Al Jazeera lawyers.
Lawrence Northmore-Ball, from the U.K.-based law firm Carter-Ruck which is representing Al Jazeera, said:
“Any award rendered by an ICSID tribunal is final and binding on the parties and cannot be challenged or reviewed in any national court.”
Al Jazeera will be seeking compensation in excess of $150m. The network accuses Egypt of “harassing journalists and damaging its office and equipment during repeated police raids in the country”.
The Egyptian government accuses Al Jazeera of harboring bias in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood — an allegation the channel denies.
Three Al Jazeera English journalists — Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste — were arrested and spent more than 400 days in an Egyptian prison.


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