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Mohamed Fahmy released on bail in Cairo

02/12/2015 11:23 EST | Updated 04/14/2015 05:59 EDT
Mohamed Fahmy, the Egyptian-Canadian journalist for Al-Jazeera who was imprisoned more than a year ago, has been has been granted bail and was released from prison in Cairo early Friday.

Fahmy's brother and Al-Jazeera both reported his release.

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Fahmy, who was born in Egypt, was arrested along with two colleagues from Al Jazeera in December 2013. They were accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false news to undermine Egypt's national security.

At an initial trial held in February 2014, Fahmy and his colleagues rejected the charges against them and pleaded not guilty – but all three were convicted and handed multi-year sentences. Egypt's top court later ordered a retrial, saying their conviction was based on "flawed evidence" and that the trial was marred by violations of the defendants' rights.

Fahmy's colleague Baher Mohamed is awaiting his release on bail after it was granted Thursday.

Peter Greste was released earlier this month and returned to his native Australia.

More to come

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