CAIRO, June 24 -- Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al- Sisi said Tuesday that he won't interfere in the judicial verdicts, state Nile TV reported.
His words came one day after three Al Jazeera journalists were sentenced from seven to ten years in jail, which stirred international outcry over the freedom of press in Egypt.
Egypt's authorities would respect the independence of the judiciary, Sisi said in a televised speech at a military graduation ceremony, adding "We will not interfere in judicial rulings."
"We must respect judicial rulings and not criticize them, even if others do not understand this," Sisi said.
An Egyptian court sentenced on Monday three journalists of Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV English, including Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel, to seven years in prison. The third defendant Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed was handed additional three years term over other charges.
The judge also handed 10-year jail terms to two British journalists and a Dutch one, who were not in Egypt but were tried in Absentia.
They were arrested in late December last year in a sweeping crackdown on supporters of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi who was ousted by the military in early July last year after nationwide protests erupted against his one-year rule.
The Egyptian ambassadors to Britain and Australia were summoned on this regard.