No pardon for Egyptian-Canadian journalist jailed in Egypt

Mohamed Fahmy stands behind bars as he waits to listen the ruling at a court in Cairo on June 23,...

Mohamed Fahmy stands behind bars as he waits to listen the ruling at a court in Cairo on June 23, 2014. (REUTERS/ASMAA WAGUIH)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:08 PM ET

A jailed Egyptian-Canadian journalist didn't receive a presidential pardon from the Egyptian government as the country celebrates the end of Ramadan.

Mohamed Fahmy, a producer with Al Jazeera English in Cairo, was sentenced last month to seven years for aiding a terrorist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood.

"Eid Mubarak to all. Except President Sisi, who today had the chance to free our innocent colleagues, but didn't," Al Jazeera English reporter James Bays tweeted.

Australian correspondent Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed were also sentenced to seven years. Mohamed received an additional three years for having an empty shell casing.

All three have denied the charges and the sentences have caused outrage around the world.

Many thought the trial played out in a kangaroo court. The evidence included footage of sheep farming and a video of Gotye's pop song Somebody That I Used to Know.

Greste's family announced Friday all three men will appeal the convictions.

— With files from Reuters


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