Al-Jazeera Reporter Freed in Egypt

Peter Greste deported to native Australia after year in prison
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 1, 2015 8:40 AM CST
Al-Jazeera Reporter Freed in Egypt
In this March 31, 2014 file photo, Al-Jazeera correspondent Peter Greste appears in court during his trial on terror charges, in Cairo, Egypt.   (AP Photo/Heba Elkholy, El Shorouk, File)

A senior Egyptian prison official and the country's official news agency say al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste, an Australia native, has been freed from prison and is on his way to Cairo airport to leave the country. The agency said his release today, after more than a year behind bars, followed a presidential "approval" and both said it was coordinated with the Australian Embassy in Cairo. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohammed Fahmy, and Egyptian Mohammed Baher were sentenced to at least seven years in prison on terrorism-related charges last year in a trial that was described as a sham by rights groups. (More al-Jazeera stories.)

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