2 Al Jazeera Journos released from Egypt


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.

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.

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