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Al-Jazeera Journalist Arrested

A senior journalists working with Al-Jazeera has been arrested in Germany at the request of Egypt. Ahmed Mansour, who works for the channel’s Arabic-language service, … Continue reading Al-Jazeera Journalist Arrested


al-jazeeraA senior journalists working with Al-Jazeera has been arrested in Germany at the request of Egypt.

Ahmed Mansour, who works for the channel’s Arabic-language service, was detained as he tried to board a flight from Berlin to Qatar.

A German police official said Egyptian authorities had issued an international arrest warrant for Mr Mansour.

A court in Egypt’s capital, Cairo sentenced him to 15 years in prison in absentia last year on torture charges.

However, Al-Jazeera says the claims made against Mr Mansour, who has dual British and Egyptian citizenship, are absurd and false.

Egypt accuses Al Jazeera of being a mouthpiece of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Qatar-backed Islamist movement that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi removed from power in 2013 when he was army chief and calls a terrorist group.

Both the television channel and the Brotherhood reject the allegations made by Egyptian authorities.

A Cairo court sentenced Mansour, who has dual Egyptian and British citizenship, to 15 years in prison in absentia last year on a charge of torturing a lawyer in 2011 in Tahrir Square, the focus of the uprising that toppled veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Mansour said he expected to soon face a judge who would decide whether to extradite him.