CAIRO, June 24 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al- Sisi said Tuesday that he won't interfere in the judicial verdicts, state Nile TV reported.
His words came one day after three Al Jazeera journalists were sentenced from seven to ten years in jail, which stirred international outcry over the freedom of press in Egypt.
Egypt's authorities would respect the independence of the judiciary, Sisi said in a televised speech at a military graduation ceremony, adding "We will not interfere in judicial rulings."
"We must respect judicial rulings and not criticize them, even if others do not understand this," Sisi said.
An Egyptian court sentenced on Monday three journalists of Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV English, including Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel, to seven years in prison. The third defendant Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed was handed additional three years term over other charges.
The judge also handed 10-year jail terms to two British journalists and a Dutch one, who were not in Egypt but were tried in Absentia.
They were arrested in late December last year in a sweeping crackdown on supporters of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi who was ousted by the military in early July last year after nationwide protests erupted against his one-year rule.
The Egyptian ambassadors to Britain and Australia were summoned on this regard.
BEIJING, June 22 (Xinhuanet) -- Judicial sources say an Egyptian court has confirmed death sentences against the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and at least 182 of his supporters.
The court’s decision came two months after it referred the case against the Brotherhood’s general guide Mohamed Badie and hundreds of others to the state’s highest religious authority, the Mufti. They were charged over violence that erupted in the southern town of Minya in July, following the army’s ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. Full story
CAIRO, June 19 (Xinhua) -- An Egyptian court on Thursday sentenced a leader of the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood group and 13 of its leading members to death over charges of inciting violence outside a mosque in Giza, state-run Ahram news website reported.
After a seven-hour hearing, the verdict concluded with referring their files to the country's Grand Mufti to optionally get his Islamic opinion before execution. The final verdict, which still can be appealed, will be issued in early August. Full story