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An Al-Jazeera journalist is arrested in Berlin on request of Egypt

Al-Jazeera journalist is arrested in Berlin

Saturday, June 20 , an Al-Jazeera journalist is arrested in Berlin by the German police  airport at the request of Egypt , “I am still under arrest at Berlin airport , waiting being transferred to an investigating judge , “said Ahmed Mansour , a journalist of the chain on his Twitter account .

The German Federal Police confirmed that an Al-Jazeera journalist is arrested in Berlin, who wanted to fly to Doha , was arrested in Berlin Tegel Airport because of an international arrest warrant” issued by Egypt .

The chain accused of supporting the Islamists

This arrest comes as relations between Al-Jazeera and Egypt are already execrable. Three journalists from the Qatar-based channel had already been arrested in 2013 and tried. Cairo then criticized Al-Jazeera – and Qatar – to support the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected president in Egypt but deposed and arrested by the army on July 3, 2013.

The arrest warrant listed “multiple crimes” charges against the journalist, said German police without being able to specify which ones. Al-Jazeera has confirmed the arrest of the journalist on its website. It recalled that Mr. Mansour was sentenced in absentia in 2014 by the Egyptian judiciary “to fifteen years in prison” for having “tortured a lawyer in 2011 in Tahrir Square,” epicenter of the revolution that shook then Egypt.

Mr. Mansour “rejected these absurd accusations,” said Al-Jazeera in an article.

Accused of ” rape, kidnapping and theft “

The journalist told his channel he must appear before a judge in the coming hours . ” The hearing may be exercised immediately by my lawyers if the judge is satisfied that all the charges are false ,” said Mansour , explaining be accused ” of rape, kidnapping and theft ” , during a phone call in Arabic broadcast by Al- Jazeera .

“The question now remains how the German Government and Interpol have become tools in the hands of the bloody regime born of the coup in Egypt led by the terrorist Abdel Fattah al- Sissi “, the general is the head of the Egyptian government at present , has outraged Mr. Mansour on Twitter.

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