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Germany frees al-Jazeera reporter Ahmed Mansour

June 22, 2015 5:28 pm

German prosecutors have confirmed that a reporter from the al-Jazeera network detained after an extradition request from Egypt has been freed.

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

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

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Al-Jazeera says the accusations against Mr Mansour are absurd and false.

“This was an unfortunate incident in Germany, but we are pleased that the mistake has been rectified,” said al-Jazeera’s acting director general, Mostefa Souag.

“We hope that this will be a lesson to the Egyptian authorities that the rest of the world values freedom of the press,” he added.

Patrick Teubner, a lawyer for Mr Mansour, told Associated Press that there were no further legal matters pending against his client in Germany.

Mr Mansour was released into a cheering crowd on Monday.

“Thanks to people around the world who supported me in the last days,” he said, according to AFP.

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