Journalist Mahmoud Hussein released after four years in pre-trial prison in Egypt

Journalist Mahmoud Hussein released after four years in pre-trial prison in Egypt

Mahmoud Hussein, an Egyptian journalist for the Qatari television channel Al-Jazeera, found his family home in Cairo on Saturday, February 6, after spending four years in Egypt. Dozens of relatives adopted him.

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A few days ago, a court ruled in favor of the 54-year-old on parole, and the Associated Press Agency explained that the results of the investigation into him had not been finalized. Twice a week he would have to go to a police station near his place of residence.

It was Mr. Hussein In preventive detention since December 2016 For “Incitement to treason against the state” And “Spreading Misinformation”. He works as a manufacturer at Al Jazeera’s headquarters in Doha, Qatar He arrived in Egypt on holiday and was arrested three days later. The television station reiterated the fact that he was imprisoned without a formal trial and without trial. A month before his arrest, Al Jazeera aired a documentary about ex-servicemen serving in Egypt.

“Only his job is trained”

His release comes shortly after the official resumption of diplomatic relations between Doha and Cairo on January 20 as part of a sealed reconciliation between Qatar and four Arab countries. In June 2017, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.

Prior to this date, Egyptian authorities accused the Al-Jazeera channel of supporting the Brotherhood, which had been the target of unprovoked repression in Egypt since 2013.

Al Jazeera welcomes news of Mahmoud’s release [Hussein] Think about what a journalist should experience[il] He has been struggling for the last four years to use his job alone. ”The television station said in a statement on Saturday.

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Le Monte AFP, AP.

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