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Egypt Frees Al Jazeera Peter Greste

02 February 2015

Al Jazeera and ex-BBC journalist Peter Greste has been released from prison in Cairo after 400 days and deported to his native Australia. Reports quoted Presidential sources in Egypt as saying that another Al -Jazeera journalist held in Egypt, Mohamed Fahmy who is a dual national of Canada and Egypt, is expected to be freed after having his Egyptian nationality revoked.

The two journalists, together with their Al-Jazeera colleague Baher Mohamed, were arrested on 29 December 2013 on allegations of" illegally broadcasting news harming domestic security" and were charged with “distorting the country’s image abroad” and “fabricating news to aid the Muslim Brotherhood” which the government has declared a terrorist organization. They were sentenced on 23 June 2014 to seven years but the Egyptian Highest court set aside their conviction on 1 January 2015 and ordered a retrial, while refusing them bail.