Egypt Frees and Deports Al Jazeera Journalist Peter Greste

BEIRUT—An Australian journalist who had been serving a seven-year jail sentence in Egypt on charges of aiding a terrorist organization was released from prison and deported on Sunday, according to the Egyptian state news agency.

Peter Greste, a Nairobi-based reporter for the Qatar-based channel Al Jazeera International, had been in jail for exactly 400 days when he was released on Sunday. Mr. Greste left Egypt on an airplane bound for the island of Cyprus almost immediately after he was released, the Associated Press reported.

Mr. Greste and two other Al Jazeera English journalists were arrested in December 2013, months after President Mohammed Morsi was pushed from power, at their Marriott hotel room in an upscale neighborhood of Cairo.

There was no official word on Sunday about the fate of the other journalists, Egyptian-Canadian Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohammed.