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Ahmed Mansour released by German authorities, says Al-Jazeera

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By Euronews  with Al Jazeera, AFP
Ahmed Mansour released by German authorities, says Al-Jazeera

German authorities have released journalist Ahmed Mansour. According to Al-Jazeera he will be released without charges.

A Cairo court sentenced Mansour to 15 years in prison in absentia last year on a charge of torturing a lawyer in 2011, which he denies.

The Al-Jazeera reporter was arrested in Berlin on Saturday at Egypt’s request, and had been held in a prison awaiting news on a possible extradition.

His release comes after pressure from the media, as well as protesters who gathered outside the Berlin court from Sunday night.

“He is actually a free journalist who is expressing his opinion and he stands strongly against all dictatorship and fascist system in Egypt,” said Ali Alawady, Chairman of the German-Egyptian Union for Democracy who organised the protest.

Egypt accuses Al-Jazeera of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood which was branded a terrorist organisation after the military ousted president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.