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Egypt Extends Detention Of Al Jazeera Journalist Mahmoud Hussein

15 September 2020 International News


 

 

Egyptian authorities have extended the detention of Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein by another 45 days.The extension  came more than 1,300 days after his arrest upon arrival in Egypt’s capital, Cairo.

Hussein, an Egyptian national working for the Al Jazeera Arabic television channel in Qatar, was arrested on December 20, 2016, while on a personal visit to see his family. 

Hussein was accused of “incitement against state institutions and broadcasting false news with the aim of spreading chaos”, allegations he and the Al Jazeera Media Network deny. The Doha-based network has repeatedly called for Hussein’s release.

In May 2019, an Egyptian court rejected an order by the state prosecutor to release him. Authorities opened a new investigation against him with unspecified charges and returned him to prison.Egyptian authorities have extended the detention of Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein by another 45 days.

The extension on Sunday came more than 1,300 days after his arrest upon arrival in Egypt’s capital, Cairo.Hussein, an Egyptian national working for the Al Jazeera Arabic television channel in Qatar, was arrested on December 20, 2016, while on a personal visit to see his family. 

Hussein was accused of “incitement against state institutions and broadcasting false news with the aim of spreading chaos”, allegations he and the Al Jazeera Media Network deny. The Doha-based network has repeatedly called for Hussein’s release.

In May 2019, an Egyptian court rejected an order by the state prosecutor to release him. Authorities opened a new investigation against him with unspecified charges and returned him to prison.

Last month, veteran Egyptian journalist Mohamed Monir died after contracting the new coronavirus during pretrial detention following his arrest for appearing on Al Jazeera, which is banned by Egypt’s government. 

The 65-year-old died a week after he was hospitalised with COVID-19 following his release from detention in early July due to his sickness.

In a statement at the time, Al Jazeera said it was “saddened and deeply dismayed” by the death of Monir after contracting COVID-19 during his “unwarranted imprisonment” and expressed its condolences to the journalist’s family.

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