Egyptian judge releases Al-Jazeera journalists

Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed are free pending their retrial, scheduled for Feb. 23. A third colleague, Peter Greste, was released two weeks ago and deported to his home country of Australia. Three Qatar-based Al-Jazeera journalists were arrested in December 2013 and accused of being part of a terrorist group and airing falsified footage intended to damage Egyptian national security.
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Qatar-based Al-Jazeera English journalist Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy (L) adresses the judge at the courtroom in Cairo during his retrial on February 12, 2015. An Egyptian court ordered the release of two Al-Jazeera journalists pending their retrial for allegedly supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Fahmy was ordered to pay bail of 250,000 Egyptian pounds ($33,000) while Egyptian Baher Mohamed was released on his own recognisance along with other defendants. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Al-Jazeera journalist Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy holds the Egyptian flag at the court in Cairo February 12, 2015. An Egyptian court ordered the release of two Al-Jazeera journalists pending their retrial for allegedly supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Fahmy was ordered to pay bail of 250,000 Egyptian pounds ($33,000) while Egyptian Baher Mohamed was released on his own recognisance along with other defendants. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Marwa Emara, the fiance of Qatar-based Al-Jazeera English journalist Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy stands next to reporters at the court in Cairo on February 12, 2015. An Egyptian court ordered the release of two Al-Jazeera journalists pending their retrial for allegedly supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Fahmy was ordered to pay bail of 250,000 Egyptian pounds ($33,000) while Egyptian Baher Mohamed was released on his own recognisance along with other defendants. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Qatar-based Al-Jazeera English journalist Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy (C) arrives at the court in Cairo for his retrial on February 12, 2015. An Egyptian court ordered the release of two Al-Jazeera journalists pending their retrial for allegedly supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Fahmy was ordered to pay bail of 250,000 Egyptian pounds ($33,000) while Egyptian Baher Mohamed was released on his own recognisance along with other defendants. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Jihan Rashid, the wife of Qatar-based Al-Jazeera English journalist, Egyptian Baher Mohamed, hugs a person after the judge ordered the release of her husband on bail, at the court in Cairo on February 12, 2015. An Egyptian court ordered the release of two Al-Jazeera journalists pending their retrial for allegedly supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Fahmy was ordered to pay bail of 250,000 Egyptian pounds ($33,000) while Egyptian Baher Mohamed was released on his own recognisance along with other defendants. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Jihan Rashid, the wife of Qatar-based Al-Jazeera English journalist, Egyptian Baher Mohamed, talks on the phone after the judge ordered the release of her husband on bail, at the court in Cairo on February 12, 2015. An Egyptian court ordered the release of two Al-Jazeera journalists pending their retrial for allegedly supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Fahmy was ordered to pay bail of 250,000 Egyptian pounds ($33,000) while Egyptian Baher Mohamed was released on his own recognisance along with other defendants. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Hazem and Fairouz, two of the children of al-Jazeera's Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed, play during an interview of their mother by AFP journalists on February 5, 2015 in the capital Cairo. With Australian Peter Greste freed and his Canadian colleague Mohamed Fahmy close to release, the other Al-Jazeera journalist Baher Mohamed arrested in Cairo faces a period of languishing in jail because he only has Egyptian nationality. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Jihan Rashid, the wife of al-Jazeera's Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed, poses with one of their children during an interview by AFP journalists on February 5, 2015 in the capital Cairo. With Australian Peter Greste freed and his Canadian colleague Mohamed Fahmy close to release, the other Al-Jazeera journalist Baher Mohamed arrested in Cairo faces a period of languishing in jail because he only has Egyptian nationality. (AFP/Getty Images)