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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a press conference on June 27, 2014 upon arrival at Khartoum airport for an official visit in SudanEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a press conference on June 27, 2014 upon arrival at Khartoum airport for an official visit in Sudan

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a press conference on June 27, 2014 upon arrival at Khartoum airport for an official visit in SudanEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a press conference on June 27, 2014 upon arrival at Khartoum airport for an official visit in Sudan

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday he "wished" three jailed Al-Jazeera journalists including an Australian had not been put on trial, a newspaper reported.

The reporters were sentenced to between seven and 10 years in prison last month for allegedly defaming Egypt and aiding banned Islamists, in a ruling that sparked a global outcry and demands for a presidential pardon.

Date created : 2014-07-06