Egypt court releases two Al Jazeera journalists

2015-02-12 14:52

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A Cairo court released two Al Jazeera journalists, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, after more than 400 days in jail, but did not dismiss the case against them.

Judge Hassan Farid said the next hearing would be on February 23.

Fahmy was released on 250 000 Egyptian pounds (nearly R390 000) bail, and Mohamed was released with no bail.

Australian Al Jazeera English reporter Peter Greste was allowed to leave Egypt for Australia on February 1, after spending 400 days in prison.

All three journalists had been convicted of spreading false news and collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood after the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

According to defence lawyers, prosecutors have acknowledged that there are major problems with the verdicts.

Mohamed had received an additional three-year prison sentence on a separate charge involving possession of weapons.

The defendants deny the charges, describing their trial as a sham.

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