BAGHDAD, June 23 U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry said that he had phoned Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh
Shukri on Monday to register Washington's "serious displeasure"
with the sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists to seven
years in jail.
"Today's conviction is obviously a chilling and draconian
sentence," he told reporters in Baghdad.
"When I heard the verdict today I was so concerned about it,
frankly, disappointed in it, that I immediately picked up the
telephone and talked to the foreign minister of Egypt and
registered our serious displeasure at this kind of verdict," he
(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Writing by Oliver Holmes;
Editing by Hugh Lawson)