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Al Jazeera retrial: Egypt pardons journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed


Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has pardoned jailed Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, along with 100 prisoners, the presidency and official media reported.

Presidency spokesman Alaa Youssef said the two Al-Jazeera colleagues were among the pardoned group, which also included women activists Sana Seif and Yara Sallam.

Fahmy, Mohamed and their Australian colleague Peter Greste were sentenced in a retrial last month for broadcasting false news that harmed Egypt and aiding the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

Fahmy and Mohamed were released from prison within hours of their presidential pardon being announced.

Greste was deported in February through a presidential decree and his name did not appear on the list of those pardoned. It is not clear whether the pardon will also apply to him.

The pardons came on the eve of the Muslim holidays of Eid, when prisoner releases often take place in Muslim countries — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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