Greste released from Egyptian jail

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Published: Sunday 1st February 2015 by The News Editor

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Al-Jazeera’s Australian reporter Peter Greste has been freed from an Egyptian prison and is on his way to Cairo airport to leave the country.

His release, after more than a year behind bars, reportedly follows a presidential “approval” and was coordinated with the Australian Embassy in Cairo.

Mr 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.

Mr Greste has left Egypt on a flight to Cyprus. He is on an EgyptAir flight to Larnaca, that took off shortly after 4 pm local time, said an official at Cario airport.

Published: Sunday 1st February 2015 by The News Editor

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