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Egypt could free the Al Jazeera reporter today

A second Al Jazeera journalist could be freed from his Egyptian jail cell within hours, his Qatar-based news channel has reported.

Mohamed Fahmy, an Egyptian and Canadian national, has revoked his Egyptian citizenship and this would pave the way for his release and deportation under a presidential decree, his family have said.

Fahmy was arrested in December 2013 along with Al Jazeera English colleagues Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed on charges of collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood, a banned group in Egypt.

All three denied the charges and their trial was widely described as a sham.

In June, Fahmy and Greste were sentenced to seven years in jail and Mohamed to 10 years, sparking international outrage.

Their convictions were overturned on 1 January but they had been kept in custody pending a retrial.

Mr Greste, an Australian, was released unexpectedly on Sunday and later told reporters of his “incredible angst” at leaving his two colleagues behind in jail.

He took to Twitter on Tuesday morning, celebrating his freedom by posting photos of him and his brother Mike in Cyprus en route to his home in Australia.

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