Egypt frees Al Jazeera journalist on hunger strike

Reuters News
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Posted: Jun 16, 2014 1:22 PM

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's public prosecutor ordered the release on Monday on medical grounds of Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah Al-Shamy, who had been on hunger strike for more than 130 days in protest over his detention, a statement from the prosecutor's office said.

Three other Al Jazeera journalists are on trial on charges of aiding ousted President Mohamed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood, which the state has declared a terrorist group as part of a fierce security crackdown after the army ousted Mursi last July.

(Reporting by Yasmine Saleh; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)