Egyptian President Won't Pardon Jailed Al Jazeera Journalists

Newly-inaugurated Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says he will not pardon the three Al Jazeera journalists sentenced to jail yesterday for conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to report false news. "If we desire [strong] state institutions, we must respect court rulings and not comment on them even if others don't understand these rulings," he said last night, according to the Associated Press.

Peter Greste, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, and Baher Mohammed had been detained for five months already before yesterday's ruling, which Western governments have claimed was a result of a sham trial. Appeals could take months, and in the meantime, the three will remain in jail.

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