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Egypt to release reporter on hunger strike

Monday - 6/16/2014, 1:56pm  ET

FILE - In this Thursday, May 15, 2014 file photo, Al-Jazeera's Egyptian journalist Abdullah Elshamy, center, appears in a defendants' cage along with several other defendants in a courthouse during a trial on terror charges in Cairo. Egypt’s Prosecutor General ordered release of Al-Jazeera journalist who has been on hunger strike for more than 100 days to protest his prolonged detention without trial. (AP Photo/Hamada Elrasam, File)

SARAH EL DEEB
Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's Prosecutor General has ordered the release of an Al-Jazeera journalist who has been on hunger strike for more than 100 days to protest his prolonged detention without trial.

A statement from the prosecutor's office on Monday said Abdullah Elshamy and 13 others will be set free, citing "health conditions."

ElShamy was detained on Aug. 14 while covering the violent dispersal of a sprawling sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, which saw hundreds killed and thousands wounded.

Two days after his arrest, prosecutors accused Elshamy of belonging to a banned group, attacking government officials and other acts of violence and sabotage. However, authorities have never charged him with a crime.


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