President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pardons 100 prisoners, including three Al Jazeera television journalists, a day before he heads to the annual U.N. summit of world leaders. Mana Rabiee reports.
It was a long time coming for Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. Both were released from a Cairo prison where they were serving a three-year sentence and reunited at last with loved ones. NATS FORMER AL JAZEERA JOURNALIST, MOHAMED FAHMY: "In prison twice in two years for a crime we did not commit," They're among 100 prisoners pardoned by Egyptian President Fattah al-Sisi, one day before he heads to New York for the annual U.N. summit of world leaders. Mohamed Fahmy: (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER AL JAZEERA JOURNALIST, MOHAMED FAHMY, SAYING: "I know that there are other defendants who are still in prison related to this case." Also pardoned was their colleague, Australian Peter Greste, who was released from prison and deported earlier this year. The three men were jailed largely for supporting the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in their reporting, but the news network always called the charges ridiculous. The others among the 100 people pardoned include prisoners who violated a 2013 law banning protests without a permit, and others who were sick. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER AL JAZEERA JOURNALIST, BAHER MOHAMED, SAYING: "This whole nightmare is over. The whole nightmare is over. We can live like normal people, and go back home, and enjoy my life and that's it. That's it. That's all." nats - Mohamed -- 'We're having a party at my place'.