CAIRO : An Egyptian court Sunday postponed for a second time its verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera journalists, rescheduling it to August 29 in a move that sparked widespread criticism. The court had already put off its much anticipated verdict last Thursday because the presiding judge Hassan Farid was reportedly ill. Another judge on Sunday said the verdict was again delayed because other defendants in the trial could not be brought to the court from their cells.

Australian Peter Greste, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were jailed last year for "spreading false news" in support of the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood during coverage of the turmoil after the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.