Egypt frees Jazeera journalists pending retrial


CAIRO:  An Egyptian court ordered the release of two jailed Al-Jazeera journalists on Thursday (Friday in Manila) pending retrial, after they spent more than 400 days in prison in a case that sparked worldwide outrage. Mohamed Fahmy, who is Canadian and whose family hoped he would be deported, must pay 250,000 Egyptian pounds ($33,000) bail. His colleague, Egyptian Baher Mohamed, was freed without bail. The two must appear in court again on February 23, for a retrial ordered last month when a court said there was insufficient evidence to support their original conviction.



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