Sisi decrees Egyptian law on repatriating foreign prisoners

November 12, 2014 22:00

CAIRO - President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a decree on Wednesday allowing him to repatriate foreign prisoners in Egypt, state media said, a move that could enable the release of an Al Jazeera journalist now serving a seven-year jail term.

Peter Greste, an Australian citizen, was sentenced in June along with Canadian-Egyptian national Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, all from the Qatar-based television network.

They were detained in December and convicted six months later of spreading lies to help a "terrorist organization" - an allusion to the Muslim Brotherhood outlawed after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in mid-2013.

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