Al Jazeera journalist freed

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(CBS) – Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste, jailed in Egypt for more than a year on charges that he and his colleagues aided a terrorist group, has been freed from prison and is leaving the country, according to an Egyptian government official and the country’s official news agency.

The news agency said his release on Sunday followed a presidential “approval” and both said it was coordinated with the Australian Embassy in Cairo.

The official spoke to CBS News on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

A Cairo airport official told the Associated Press that Greste had already left Egypt on an EgyptAir flight to Cyprus.

Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohammed Fahmy, and Egyptian Mohammed Baher were sentenced to at least seven years in prison on terrorism-related charges last year in a trial that was described as a sham by rights groups.

There was no immediate word on the status of Fahmy or Baher.