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Lawyer: Egypt's President el-Sissi pardons Canadian journalist for Al-Jazeera, 99 others

  • FILE - In this Monday, June 1, 2015 file photo, Canadian Al Jazeera English journalist Mohammed Fahmy, listens to his lawyer, Khaled Abou Bakr during his retrial in a courtroom, of Tora prison, in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s state-run news agency said Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has pardoned 100 people, including Al Jazeera English’s Mohamed Fahmy, and prominent human rights activists. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, June 1, 2015 file photo, Canadian Al Jazeera English journalist Mohammed Fahmy, listens to his lawyer, Khaled Abou Bakr during his retrial in a courtroom, of Tora prison, in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s state-run news agency said Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has pardoned 100 people, including Al Jazeera English’s Mohamed Fahmy, and prominent human rights activists. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, file photo, Canadian Al Jazeera English journalist Mohammed Fahmy, listens to his verdict in a soundproof glass cage inside a makeshift courtroom in Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s state-run news agency said Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has pardoned 100 people, including Al Jazeera English’s Mohamed Fahmy, and prominent human rights activists. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

    FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, file photo, Canadian Al Jazeera English journalist Mohammed Fahmy, listens to his verdict in a soundproof glass cage inside a makeshift courtroom in Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s state-run news agency said Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has pardoned 100 people, including Al Jazeera English’s Mohamed Fahmy, and prominent human rights activists. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Egyptian Al-Jazeera English journalist Baher Mohammed, celebrates after  being released from Torah prison in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Baher and his Canadian colleague Mohamed Fahmy were among a group of 100 people pardoned by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on the eve of the major Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The pardon also comes a day before the Egyptian leader is to travel to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Egyptian Al-Jazeera English journalist Baher Mohammed, celebrates after being released from Torah prison in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Baher and his Canadian colleague Mohamed Fahmy were among a group of 100 people pardoned by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on the eve of the major Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The pardon also comes a day before the Egyptian leader is to travel to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

A lawyer and Egypt's state-run news agency says President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has pardoned a Canadian journalist for Al-Jazeera English, Mohamed Fahmy, along with prominent human rights activists.

The news agency MENA says el-Sissi has ordered those pardoned be released on Wednesday.

Khaled Abu Bakr confirmed the pardon and says his client is a "professional and innocent journalist."

Fahmy was sentenced to three years in prison last month for airing what a court described as "false news" and biased coverage. His colleague Baher Mohammed was also sentenced in the case. It wasn't immediately clear if Mohammed was also pardoned.

Prominent activists Yara Sallam and Sanaa Seif are among those pardoned, according to MENA.