Al Jazeera English journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed and four others have been released pending their trial in what is locally known as the Marriot Cell case.
Canadian citizen Mohamed Fahmy will have to pay 250,000 EGP ($32,700) bail, and Egyptian citizen Baher Mohamed has been released to his home, pending a retrial of the case. The next trial date has been set for Feb. 23. “I’m very happy, today I’ll return to my children and tell them Dad will come home,” Baher Mohamed’s wife Jehan Rashed told The Cairo Post, adding that she was not certain when he would be released, that it may be tonight or tomorrow morning.
Their colleague Peter Greste, an Australian-Latvian dual citizen was deported a few weeks ago. Mohamed Fahmy renounced his Egyptian citizenship in late December, his family announced last week, prompting speculations that he would be released “within hours” by the Al Jazeera network, especially after Canadian officials were observed meeting with prosecution officials.