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Egyptian president pardons imprisoned Al Jazeera journalists Baher Mohammed and Mohamed Fahmy

Baher Mohammed (left) and Mohamed Fahmy (right) after their release. Credit: APTN

The Egyptian president has pardoned two journalists from Al-Jazeera English and dozens of other human rights activists.

The pair - Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian national Baher Mohammed - have since been released from prison.

The Associated Press reports that state-run MENA news agency said a third person from the case, which included multiple other defendants along with Australian journalist Peter Greste, was also pardoned but was not identified by name. Mr Greste was deported earlier this year.

The three journalists were sentenced to three years in prison last month for airing what a court described as "false news" and biased coverage.

Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy (L) and Baher Mohamed are seen at a court in Cairo in April. Credit: Reuters

Prominent Egyptian activists Yara Sallam and Sanaa Seif were among about 100 people pardoned by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, according to MENA, on the eve of the major Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, when Egyptian presidents usually pardon convicts for health or other reasons.