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Peter Greste's mother, left,  says the jailed Al-Jazeera journalist is probably shocked at the verdict of the Egyptian court. (Source: CNN) Peter Greste's mother, left, says the jailed Al-Jazeera journalist is probably shocked at the verdict of the Egyptian court. (Source: CNN)
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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA (CNN) - Egypt's president says he will not interfere in the judicial verdicts of three Al-Jazeera journalists.

That's despite the mounting international pressure for Adbel Fattah el-Sisi to step in and free the three men who were handed long jail sentences on Monday.

The journalists are convicted of aiding the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy were sentenced to seven years in prison, and their colleague Baher Mohamed for 10.

"This will be a hard time for him. But I know that he'll get through it and he'll be OK. But I mean I can imagine that he's as shocked as we are and absolutely probably finding it very difficult," said Lois Greste, mother of Peter Greste.

Greste's father also shared his reaction to the verdict.

"He needs to know that you are all here, because truly I don't want to inflate this but it's as much about all of you as it is about Peter now," said Juris Greste, the father of Peter Greste.

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