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Al Jazeera journalist Farhmy to be released shortly

Mohammed Fahmy will be deported from Egypt after serving 400 days in jail.

FILE: Al Jazeera staff (L-R) Baher Mohamed, Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy were sentenced to seven years in an Egyptian Court on 23 June 2014.

PRETORIA - One of three Al Jazeera journalists jailed for supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood renounced his Egyptian citizenship and will be released shortly.

Mohamed Fahmy is waiting for Canadian officials to take him to the country where he has joint citizenship.

The journalist will be deported from Egypt like his Australian colleague Peter Greste.

Egyptian authorities opted to boot them out rather than send them for a retrial for allegedly spreading lies and supporting a banned organisation.

It remains to be seen what will be done with Egyptian journalist Baher Mohamed who was jailed with them 400 days ago.

All three insist they were just doing their jobs.

Fahmy's family say surrendering his Egyptian citizenship was a tough decision for a man from a family with a strong military background.

But this was an absolute condition for his release.

Egyptian authorities accuse Qatar-based Al Jazeera of being a mouthpiece of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Muslim brotherhood, a Qatar-backed movement, was toppled in 2013 and the country's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi replaced Mohammed Morsi.