Egypt government may have freed Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste and subsequently deported him.
Peter Greste May Have Left Egyptian Jail and Subsequently Deported
There is no word about the other journalists he was in jail along with.
Jailed al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is being deported from Egypt, the state news agency and police say.
The Australian ex-BBC correspondent was arrested in December 2013 and imprisoned last June on charges including spreading false news.
There is no word on the two al-Jazeera men who were jailed with him, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.
All of the defendants denied the charges against them and have said their trial was a sham.
They were accused of collaborating with the banned Muslim Brotherhood after the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the military in 2013.
The three men said they were simply reporting the news.
Egypt’s top court had in January ordered a retrial of the three men.
But an Egyptian official told Agence France-Presse news agency on Sunday: “There is a presidential decision to deport Peter Greste to Australia.”
Al-Jazeera has demanded the release of its journalists ever since they were arrested.
Mr Fahmy holds Egyptian and Canadian citizenship and is the Egyptian-Canadian bureau chief.
Mr Mohamed, a producer, is an Egyptian national.
Mr Greste and Mr Fahmy were sentenced to seven years, while Mr Mohamed is serving 10.