Egypt pardons Al Jazeera journalists Fahmy, Mohamed

EgyptEGYPT’S president has pardoned two of the three Al Jazeera TV journalists convicted of broadcasting false news.

A presidential spokesman told AFP news agency that Mohammed Fahmy, a Canadian, and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian, were on a list of 100 prisoners to be released.

Mohamed did not appear to be on the list when it was first published yesterday, nor did the Australian Peter Greste, who was deported in February.
They were sentenced to three years in prison last month after a retrial.

Prosecutors accused them of collaborating with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood after the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the military in 2013.

The journalists denied the allegation and said they were simply reporting the news. Legal experts said the charges were unfounded and politically motivated.

Pardoned alongside Fahmy and Mohamed were the prominent activists Yara Sallam and Sanaa Seif, who were sentenced to two years in prison in October 2014 for breaking an anti-protest law that gives the Egyptian authorities broad powers to ban or disperse most public demonstrations.

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