Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste released by Egypt

Published February 1st, 2015 - 02:53 GMT

Families of journalists involved in the Al Jazeera trial, said that Australian journalist Peter Greste left prison early Sunday morning.

The Australian Embassy could not confirm the news, but said it would answer questions from the media on Monday.

Greste was initially handed seven years in a maximum security prison over charges of aiding a terrorist group, tarnishing Egypt’s image abroad, and threatening Egypt’s national security.

He was arrested on 29 December 2013 together with two other Al Jazeera English journalists; Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy, and Egyptian Baher Mohamed.

On 1 January, Egypt’s Court of Cassation accepted an appeal filed in the case of Greste, Fahmy and Mohamed.

Fahmy was handed the same sentence as Greste, while Mohamed was given seven years plus an extra three years for being in possession of a fired bullet casing.

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