Egypt releases Al Jazeera reporter

In a statement, the Prosecutor-General attributed the move for the "health conditions" after the reporter had staged a hunger strike for several weeks in protest at his detention without formal charges.

Egypt releases Al Jazeera reporter

World Bulletin / News Desk

 

Egyptian authorities late on Tuesday released Al Jazeera reporter Abdullah al-Shami pending trial into violence-related charges.

Al-Shami was arrested last August while covering the bloody dispersal of a Cairo sit-in staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, during which hundreds of demonstrators were killed.

He had staged a hunger strike for several weeks in protest at his detention without formal charges.

On Monday, Egypt's Prosecutor-General ordered the release of al-Shami and 12 other people pending trial into violence-related charges.

In a statement, the Prosecutor-General attributed the move for the "health conditions" of the defendants.

Since Morsi's ouster by the military more than 11 months ago, Egypt's army-backed government has waged a harsh crackdown on dissent, which has left hundreds dead and thousands behind bars.

Last Mod: 18 Haziran 2014, 09:46
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