Al Jazeera journalists (L-R) Baher Mohamed, Peter Greste and Mohammed Fahmy stand behind bars in a court in Cairo in this June 1, 2014 photo. (REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said he wished the imprisoned Al-Jazeera journalists, convicted of aiding "a terrorist group," had been deported and not put on trial, a newspaper reported Monday.Sisi's comments sparked hope for the family of Australian reporter Peter Greste who, along with colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, was jailed last month for 10 years. Sisi's initial reaction to the ruling was that he would not interfere in court verdicts.Peter Greste; Al-Jazeera English Cairo bureau chief Fahmy, a dual Canadian-Egyptian citizen; and Egyptian network producer Mohamed were detained in December.Sisi, in his reported comments, did not specify the journalists by nationality or name.
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