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Egypt Frees Jailed Al-Jazeera Journalist Peter Greste

Posted: February 1, 2015

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Egypt's state news agency is reporting that the Australian journalist, who was arrested in December 2013 and jailed in June, will be deported.

Al-Jazeera's Australian correspondent Peter Greste, seen here at a court room during trial in Cairo, Egypt, was released and deported Sunday.

Al-Jazeera's Australian correspondent Peter Greste, seen here at a court room during trial in Cairo, Egypt, was released and deported Sunday. Ahmed Abd El Latif

Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is being released and deported from Egypt, according to the state news agency.

The Associated Press is reporting that Greste's release follows a presidential "approval" and was coordinated with the Australian Embassy in Cairo.

Greste is reportedly on his way to the Cairo airport to leave the country.

Greste and two other men, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, were arrested in December 2013 and imprisoned in June of last year, on charges that included spreading false news.

There is no word on whether the Fahmy and Mohamed will be released.

This is a breaking news story and we will have more updates as information comes in.

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