Egypt President says will not interfere in judicial rulings, amid outcry over jailed journalists
Published on Jun 24, 2014 5:23 PM
CAIRO (AFP) - President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday Egypt’s authorities “will not interfere in judicial matters” a day after three Al-Jazeera journalists were jailed for between seven and 10 years.
The United States is leading calls for Mr Sisi to pardon the journalists working for the Qatar-based network who were convicted on Monday of aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood Islamist movement and “spreading false news”.
Eleven defendants tried in absentia, including one Dutch journalist and two British journalists, were given 10-year sentences.
A presidency official told AFP that Mr Sisi cannot legally pardon the journalists until a final court ruling after an appeal.
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