Egypt rejects criticism over imprisonment of journalists

A protester rallies in support of Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt. Credit: Reuters

Egypt has strongly rejected 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.

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