Paris – An Algerian court on Tuesday ordered the release of journalist Ahmed Mohamed to a halfway house in France, where he has been held since being arrested in December 2015.
Mohamed, now 19, was detained for more than a month without charges on charges including making a hoax bomb and insulting Islam.
He was convicted of both charges in December and sentenced to six months in prison and two years of supervised release.
Mohamed had appealed his conviction.
A decision to release him was taken at the end of January by a court in the eastern city of Valence, and was approved by a higher court on Monday.
Mohamed’s family said in a statement that they are pleased with the court’s decision and look forward to seeing him in France.
Mohamed was also convicted in July of violating France’s new anti-terror law, which bans the distribution of “extremist material.”
He was arrested while walking home from school in December 2014 after a teacher called authorities.
Mohamed said he did not know the teacher.
Mohamed has been in solitary confinement since his release in January.