Al-Jazeera reporter calls for Sisi pardon after Egypt verdict

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SYDNEY: Australian Al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste Sunday called on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to pardon him and two colleagues handed three-year prison sentences, describing the Saturday court decision as “politically motivated.” Greste, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed were sentenced for broadcasting “false” news that harmed Egypt in a retrial on Saturday, with the shock ruling by the Cairo court drawing international criticism. The case has become an embarrassment for Sisi, who has said he wished the reporters had been deported rather than put on trial.

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