A court in Egypt has released two Al Jazeera journalists on bail before the start of their retrial on charges of spreading false news and helping a terror group.

Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed have been set free on bail after 411 days in a Cairo jail, with the trial set to resume on 23 February.

Adel Fahmy, brother of Mohamed Fahmy, welcomed the court decision, telling Al Jazeera:

“He is being vindicated by this, and will be completely vindicated later on when this case all falls apart completely.”

The two journalists were arrested with their Australian colleague Peter Greste in December 2013 and imprisoned last June for allegedly spreading false news and collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood after the military coup that overthrew President Mohammed Morsi.

All three men deny collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood, and claim they were jailed for doing their job and reporting the news from Cairo during a period of upheaval. Their trials and convictions were widely condemned as a sham around the world.

Egypt’s top appeals court, the Court of Cassation, overturned their convictions last month and said that the Cairo Criminal Court had been “hasty in pronouncing its verdict”.

Greste was freed on 1 February and has since returned to Australia.


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