2 Al Jazeera Journos released from Egypt

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Cairo: An Egyptian court has granted the release of Al Jazeera journalists Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy on bail.

The retrial was ordered by the country’s Court of Cassation last month, overturning a lower court’s verdict that had found them guilty of helping the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

“Bail is a small step in the right direction, and allows Baher and Mohamed to spend time with their families after 411 days apart,” an Al Jazeera spokesman said on Thursday.

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The next hearing is scheduled on February 23 according to Judge Hassan Farid. A third Al Jazeera journalist, Peter Greste, who was also to be retried, was deported on February 1 under a presidential decree after spending 400 days in prison. He has since returned to his home in Australia.