CAIRO – Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says a presidential pardon is being "examined" for the three Al-Jazeera journalists who were handed heavy prison terms in a court ruling that raised international outrage.
El-Sissi told France 24 on Thursday that a pardon "is being examined to resolve the matter." He added that the journalists would receive pardons only if it was "appropriate for the Egyptian national security."
The comments are the first indication that the Egyptian government might be considering freeing the journalists. El-Sissi has previously dismissed the idea of a presidential pardon, saying it would be an inappropriate interference in the Egyptian judicial process.