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Egypt rejects foreign criticism of judiciary after Al Jazeera sentencing

Newly freed Al-Jazeera news channel's journalist Abdullah Elshamy (2nd R) stands outside the court during the trial of three of his colleagues for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood on June 23, 2014 at the police institute near Cairo's Tora prison. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI

CAIRO: Egypt rejected on Monday foreign criticism of its judicial system and interference in its affairs after a court decision to sentence three Al Jazeera journalists to seven years or more in jail raised an international outcry.

"The Egyptian foreign ministry strongly rejects any comment from a foreign party that casts doubt on the independence of the Egyptian judiciary and the justice of its verdicts," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"The foreign ministry once again affirms that any interference in its internal affairs is rejected... and this is what the foreign minister confirmed in several contacts with international parties recently."

 

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