The Al Jazeera journalists who have been jailed in Egypt were denied their freedom once more on Sunday after failing to receive pardons from the country's president.
Al Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed have been detained in Egypt since December on charges of airing false news and conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood. In June, the journalists were sentenced to seven to ten years in prison.
Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a list of presidential pardons on Sunday to celebrate the occasion of Ramadan, the Globe and Mail reported. The three journalists names were not on the list.
Relatives of the journalists said that they knew the chances of a pardon were slim, especially after el-Sissi said in June that he would not interfere with the verdict.
"Unfortunately it’s not on the table,” Fahmy’s brother Adel said. “We knew it was extremely unlikely especially in cases of this magnitude and this nature."
Peter Greste's brother said Friday that he will appeal his conviction. News of his appeal came just after the court released a statement summing up the reasoning behind the verdict, which included claims that the three men were guided by the devil.