Al Jazeera's Fahmy and Mohamed released on presidential pardon

Thursday 24-09-2015 08:44 AM
Al Jazeera's Fahmy and Mohamed released on presidential pardon

Al Jazeera journalist Baher Mohamed addresses journalists ahead of his sentencing to three years of maximum security prison for spreading false news, on August 29, 2015. ASWAT MASRIYA/Mohamed al-Rayi


CAIRO, Sept 23 (Aswat Masriya) - Canadian national Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were released from prison on Wednesday after the two journalists on a presidential pardon. 

Sisi's pardon comes one day ahead of his visit to New York to head Egypt's delegation at the United Nations General Assembly's 70th meeting. 

Earlier Wednesday, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered the release of 100 people convicted for violating the protest law, as well as others given health amnesty. 

Alongside Australian Journalist Peter Greste, Fahmy and Mohamed were arrested in Cairo while working for the Qatari network Al Jazeera English in December 2013.

They spent no less than 400 days in prison before their release in February 2015 on different days and under different conditions.

The trio was initially sentenced to prison in June 2014 but a court ordered their retrial earlier this year. The sentence was reduced to three years amid a global uproar. 

Egypt will observe the Islamic Eid holiday on Thursday. Presidential pardons are regularly issued ahead of national holidays to allow detainees to spend them with their families.

The pardon included Sanaa Seif, sister of prominent political activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, and human rights defender Yara Sallam who were serving a three-year prison sentence after facing a widely-condemned trial.  

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