Al-Jazeera reporter held in Egypt freed
Abdullah Elshamy’s detention was related to the sweeping crackdown on Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Mursi
Egyptian authorities released on Tuesday Al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy, who has been on hunger strike for nearly five months.
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.
The mother, wife and brothers of 26-year-old Elshamy met him as he walked out of a police station in a northern Cairo suburb. Egypt’s prosecutor general had ordered his release, citing “health conditions,” Associated Press reported.
Elshamy, once a chubby young man, looked gaunt and frail as he left the station in Nasr City still dressed in a prison uniform.
“I won,” he told reporters. His family said they would take him to a hospital.
lshamy's family told AFP in May that he had shed 40 kilograms (88 pounds) since he began the hunger strike.
His detention, along with the trial of other Al-Jazeera journalists, was related to the sweeping crackdown on Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Mursi since the military overthrew him last year. Egyptian officials accused the network of supporting Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood. The Qatar-based network denied the allegations, according to AP.
[With AFP and AP]