Freed Al Jazeera journalist Fahmy leaves Egypt

Mohamed Fahmy, the Canadian journalist with Al-Jazeera television that was freed from an Egyptian jail last month after a presidential pardon for broadcasting “false” news, announced Tuesday he was leaving the country.

“Canadian Ambassador Troy (Lulashnyk) kindly escorted me to the gate at Cairo airport. A glorious end to our battle for freedom!” he tweeted.

An airport security official confirmed that Fahmy had boarded a flight bound for London.

It was unclear what Fahmy intended to do later, but he has said he and his wife want to return to Canada.

Fahmy, along with colleagues Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste who was deported at the beginning of the year, were convicted in an August retrial of fabricating “false” news in support of the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

They were sentenced to three years.