Jazeera journalist ordered freed

June 17, 2014 - 6:27:43 am
An image grab taken from a video aired on Al-Jazeera Arabic news channel, shows correspondent Abdullah Elshamy speaking in a cell, on May 14, 2014 

CAIRO: Egypt’s prosecutor general yesterday ordered the release of Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy, who has been on hunger strike for nearly five months, state media reported.

Al Jazeera swiftly issued a statement calling for the release of three other staff on trial in a separate case.

Elshamy, who works for the main Arabic-language channel of the Qatar-based network, was arrested on August 14 last year when police dispersed protest camps in Cairo set up by supporters of Mursi.

“He will be out of Torah prison once we finish the release procedures tomorrow (Tuesday) morning,” the journalist’s lawyer Shaaban Saeed said.

AFP

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