Egypt’s President Pardons 2 Al-Jazeera Journalists | Small Journal News

This would of been resolved a long time ago,except Canada stance in the region is well known to be pro Israel .

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi on Wednesday pardoned 100 human rights activists, including two journalists for Al-Jazeera English, according to state media and the lawyer of one of the reporters.

The two, Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian national Baher Mohammed, are expected to be released later in the day.

A Canadian government spokesperson said Canada was pleased with the pardon and it would help arrange Fahmy’s departure from Egypt.

Fahmy and Mohamed were sentenced in an August retrial to three years in prison for allegedly fabricating “false” news in support of the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood movement, which the army removed from power in 2013.

Australian reporter Peter Greste was also convicted in the retrial, although he had been earlier deported through a presidential decree.

Human rights groups have accused Egyptian authorities of widespread violations since the army toppled the country’s first democratically elected president, Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, after mass protests against his rule two years ago.

Egyptian security forces arrested dozens of activists last year for violating the 2013 protest ban.

Prominent Egyptian activists Yara Sallam and Sanaa Seif were among 16 women included in the pardon, which took place on the eve of the major Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, when Egyptian presidents usually pardon convicts for health or other reasons.

The pardon also comes a day before el-Sissi is to travel to New York to attend the U.N. General Assembly.

Source: Egypt’s President Pardons 2 Al-Jazeera Journalists | Small Journal News

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