Breaking: Peter Greste on plane to Syndey
Al-Jazeera news channel's Australian journalist Peter Greste inside the defendants cage during his trial. AFP/Khaled Desouki

CAIRO: Australian national Peter Greste has received a presidential pardon and is on a plane back to Sydney, the state-owned news agency MENA reported Sunday.

The journalist was jailed with two other colleagues from Al Jazeera English on Dec. 29, 2013, and tried on charges of broadcasting false news. The group was convicted in late 2014 of the charges, but an appeal had been pending in the case.

More details to follow.

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