Peter Greste jailed Al Jazeera journalists freed by Egypt 



Feb 1, Cairo: Al-Jazeera’s journalist, Peter Greste who was arrested in December 2013 and imprisoned last June for reportedly spreading false news has been released from Cairo and is flying to Cyprus after spending 400 days in prison.

Greste was jailed with two other Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. They were charged of collaborating with the banned Muslim Brotherhood after the defeat of President Mohammed Morsi by the military in 2013 but they claim to have been just reporting the news and they have denied the charges against them–calling the  judgement an embarrassment.

They were sentenced for seven to 10 years on charges including spreading false news to help a terrorist organization. However, the court ordered their retrial one month ago.

Al-Jazeera tweeted that it welcomes Peter Greste’s release and has asked for Fahmy and Baher be free of charges.

A statement by the Egyptian Interior Ministry said it had been “decided to extradite Australian journalist Peter Greste to his country today after the cabinet’s approval, in enforcement of the Presidential Decree no. 140 for the year 2014 regarding the rulings on extraditing defendants and deporting the convicts”.

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