Egypt releases Australian Al-Jazeera reporter

A Cairo airport official said on Sunday that Al-Jazeera’s Australian reporter Peter Greste has left Egypt on a flight to Cyprus after his release from prison. He says Greste is on an EgyptAir flight to Larnaca, Cyprus that took off shortly after 4 p.m. (1400 GMT) on Sunday.

Earlier, an Egyptian prison official and the nation’s official news agency said Greste was released after more than a year behind bars following a presidential “approval.” Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohammed Fahmy, and Egyptian Mohammed Baher were sentenced to at least seven years in prison on terrorism-related charges last year in a trial described as a sham by rights groups. There was no immediate word on the other two journalists.



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