Egypt's president says pardoning Al Jazeera journalists 'being discussed'

'Let us say that this matter is being discussed to solve the issue,' Sisi said in an interview with the France24 network.

hidden November 20, 2014 19:47:40 IST
Egypt's president says pardoning Al Jazeera journalists 'being discussed'

Cairo: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Thursday a presidential pardon for two of the three Al Jazeera journalists serving seven-year jail sentences in his country was being considered.

"Let us say that this matter is being discussed to solve the issue," Sisi said in an interview with the France24 network.

Egypts president says pardoning Al Jazeera journalists being discussed

Al-Jazeera news channel's journalists listen to the verdict inside a defendent's cage in an Egypt court. AFP image

Sisi issued a decree last week allowing him to repatriate foreign prisoners in Egypt, raising the prospect that Australian Peter Greste and Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy could be released.

Egyptian national Baher Mohamed is serving a ten-year sentence alongside his colleagues from the Doha-based network.

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