Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) speaks during a meeting with local journalists at the Presidential Palace in Cairo in this July 6, 2014 handout photo provided by the Egyptian Presidency. REUTERS/The Egyptian Presidency
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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". The three journalists were sentenced to between seven and 10 years for allegedly defaming Egypt and aiding the now blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood movement of president Mohamed Morsi whom Sisi removed from power last year when he was army chief.Even supporters of Sisi's ouster of the Brotherhood have voiced dismay about the court rulings.
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