Peter Greste, pictured in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has spent a year in an Egyptian prison (Picture: Reuters)
Australian journalist Peter Greste has been freed by officials in Cairo and was this afternoon being deported.
The Al Jazeera reporter was released earlier today and put on an EgyptAir flight to Larnaca, Cyprus, according to a senior Egyptian prison official.
The agency said his release on Sunday, after more than a year behind bars, followed a presidential ‘approval’ and both said it was coordinated with the Australian Embassy in Cairo.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.
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 that was described as a sham by rights groups.
Greste (right) was on trial with Canadian-Egyptian journalist Mohammed Fahmy…
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