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German Authorities Free Al Jazeera’s Reporter

Posted: Jun 22, 2015 at 2:59 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

GERMAN authorities on Monday June 22, 2015 ordered the released of the detained the Al Jazeera journalist, Ahmed Mansour.

His release followed an order by a Berlin prosecutor, who orders Mansour’s release without charges.

Al Jazeera had earlier urged Germany to immediately release its journalist Mansour, who was detained at a Berlin airport at the request of the Egyptian authorities.

Mansour, a senior Al Jazeera Arabic TV journalist, was arrested at Berlin’s Tegel airport at 13:20 GMT on Saturday as he tried to board a Qatar Airways flight from Berlin to Doha.

The crackdown on journalists by Egyptian authorities is well known.

“The crackdown on journalists by Egyptian authorities is well known,” said Mostefa Souag, Acting Director General of Al Jazeera network.

“Our network, as the Arab world’s most-watched, has taken the brunt of this. Other countries must not allow themselves to be tools of this media oppression, least of all those that respect freedom of the media as does Germany.

“Ahmed Mansour is one of the Arab world’s most respected journalists and must be released immediately.”

The temporary detention investigative judge concluded his investigation with Mansour on Sunday, after which he was transferred to Moabit prison in Berlin.

Mansour had told Al Jazeera by telephone earlier that he would remain in custody until Monday June 22.

Mansour was sentenced in absentia to 15 years in prison by Cairo’s criminal court in 2014 on the charge of torturing a lawyer in Tahrir Square in 2011.

He denied the charges. In October last year, Interpol rejected Egypt’s request for an international arrest warrant against him.

Al Jazeera dismissed the accusation as a flimsy attempt at character assassination against of one of its leading journalists.

The arrest of Mansour comes two weeks after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi visited Germany.

Thousands of activists and political opponents have been arrested, prosecuted and in some cases sentenced to death since former President Mohamed Morsi was deposed two years ago.