16 June 2014

Egypt Releases Al Jazeera Hunger-Striking Journalist

Photo: Kenya Journalists for Peter Greste
Kenyan journalists support colleagues detained in Egypt (file photo).

Cairo — Egypt's prosecutor-general ordered on Monday the release of hunger-striking journalist Abdullah Elshamy, the prosecution's office said in a statement.

The release was issued for 13 people, including Al Jazeera journalist, who were arrested during the police's dispersal of two protest camps that were set in support of deposed President Mohamed Mursi last year.

Shamy's release, according to the prosecution, was for medical grounds. He had been on hunger strike since January to protest his detention without charges.

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