Al-Jazeera reporter held in Egypt freed

Al-Jazeera reporter held in Egypt freed

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A news photographer films the logo of the new Al Jazeera America nightly news program America Tonight in the network's studio space at the Newseum in Washington, DC, August 16, 2013. Al Jazeera America, a cable news network set to launch on August 20, will have 12 bureaus in major cities in the US, three broadcast centers, a headquarters in New York City, and around 900 journalists and staff. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on June 17, 2014 at 3:06 PM

CAIRO (AP) - An Al-Jazeera Arabic service journalist who has been on hunger strike for more than four months to protest his prolonged detention without charges in Egypt has walked free.
   
The mother, wife and brothers of 26-year-old Abdullah Elshamy met him as he walked out of a police station in a northern Cairo suburb on Tuesday. Egypt's prosecutor general ordered his release Monday, citing "health conditions."
   
Elshamy, once a chubby young man, looked slim and frail as he left the station in Nasr City.
   
His detention, along with the trial of other Al-Jazeera journalists, was related to the sweeping crackdown on Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi since the military overthrew him last year. Egyptian officials accused the network of supporting Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood. The network denied the allegations.

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