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Mahmoud Hussein, an Al-Jazeera journalist released by Egyptian authorities on Saturday after more than four years in detention, his family lawyer said.
He walked free from a police station Saturday afternoon, a few days after a court-ordered his conditional release pending investigations into charges of publishing false information and belonging to a banned group, lawyer Gamal Eid said.
He is 54 years old.
Mahmoud Hussein Released
Egypt has released Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein after more than four years in detention on accusations of publishing false news, a security source said Friday.
Hussein, an Egyptian national held under preventive detention since December 2016, was released from jail Thursday night, the source said, without giving further details.
Al Jazeera — which has run a daily campaign for his liberation — did not immediately confirm his release but had repeatedly said he was being held without formal charges, a trial or conviction.
In a statement, Mostefa Souag, acting director-general of the network, said the release of Hussein was “a moment of truth and an inspiring milestone towards press freedom”.
“Al Jazeera Media Network welcomes the news of Mahmoud’s freedom and believes that no journalist should ever be subjected to what Mahmoud has suffered for the past four years for merely carrying out his profession.
The journalist’s daughter, el-Zahraa Hussein, confirmed the news in a Facebook post, saying her father had arrived home. Al-Jazeera also reported his release.
A father of nine, Hussein has decades of experience in reporting for Arabic-language news channels. After years of freelance work with Al Jazeera Arabic, Hussein joined the network full-time in 2010, first in Cairo, later in Doha.
The 54-year-old was arrested in Cairo on December 23, 2016, while visiting his family for a holiday. He was interrogated for more than 15 hours without a lawyer present, before being released and then arrested again days later.
Egypt’s Ministry of Interior publicly accused him of “disseminating false news and receiving monetary funds from foreign authorities in order to defame the state’s reputation”, but no charges were ever formally brought against him. Hussein and Al Jazeera consistently denied the allegations.
Shortly after his arrest, Al Jazeera launched a worldwide media campaign calling for Hussein’s release.