Al Jazeera journalists freed from Egypt prison

Cairo, Sep 23 (IANS) Two jailed Al Jazeera journalists – Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed – were released from a prison in Egypt following a presidential pardon on Wednesday.

Fahmy, a Canadian, and Mohamed, an Egyptian, were among 100 prisoners released as part of a pardon marking the occasion of Eid al-Adha, Alaa Youssef, a spokesperson for the Egyptian presidency, said, quoted by Al Jazeera.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on his Facebook page announced on Wednesday that he would release “100 young people trapped in issues related to the breach of the law on demonstrations and some humanitarian and health cases”.

BBC reported that the journalists were sentenced to three years in prison last month after a retrial.

Prosecutors accused them of collaborating with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood after the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the military in 2013. The journalists denied the allegation and said they were simply reporting the news.

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