“To have sentenced them defies logic, sense, and any semblance of justice,” declared Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey in a press statement issued Monday.

Al-Sisi is refusing to pardon the incarcerated journalists despite a plea from the United States—a key backer of the Egyptian government.

The White House on Monday condemned the verdicts in a statement that reads, “We call on the Egyptian government to pardon these individuals or commute their sentences so they can be released immediately, and grant clemency for all politically motivated sentences – starting with the other defendants in this trial.”

The statement said nothing about whether the verdict will affect U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s pledge, issued this weekend, to redouble support and renew military aid to the Egyptian government.

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