Johannesburg, Sept. 24 (ANI): Two Al Jazeera journalists have been freed from prison after Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi pardoned them following global criticism.
According to News24, Al Jazeera journalist Mohammed Fahmy and the Qatari network’s Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed were among 100 prisoners who were pardoned, said the presidential statement.
The pardons were issued ahead of al-Sissi’s visit to New York to attend the UN General Assembly meetings.
Australian journalist Peter Greste, Fahmy and Mohammed were arrested in 2013 for publishing false news and collaborating with Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which has been banned as a terrorist organization.
The trio was sentenced to seven years in prison in an initial trial last year. (ANI)