SISI SENDS SIGNAL TO EGYPT COURTS OVER JAILED REPORTERS

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CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s stated regret over the trial that imprisoned Al-Jazeera journalists was a strong signal to a judiciary whose harsh rulings have prompted international outrage, analysts said. Sisi, who had previously said it would be inappropriate to remark on court rulings, conceded on Sunday that the lengthy prison sentences in June for the three reporters, including Australian Peter Greste, had had a “negative effect.” He told Egyptian newspaper editors during a roundtable that he wished the reporters had been deported after their arrest, rather than put on trial.

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