The detention of Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein has now been extended by Egyptian authorities by 15 days pending investigation to the dismay of friends, colleagues and family members of the detained pen-pusher.
Egypt’s interior ministry had earlier accused Hussein of “incitement against state institutions and broadcasting false news with the aim of spreading chaos”.
Hussein was arrested at his Cairo home on December 23 without charge and complained of bad treatment in detention, not being allowed to contact his lawyer, denied visits from family members, and being held in solitary detention, Al Jazeera has learnt.
Meanwhile, Al Jazeera denies the allegations against Mahmoud Hussein and calls for his immediate release.
“Al Jazeera deems all accusations against Hussein, including those which might be added later to the current allegations, to be a result of practices which violate international norms and conventions, and which, unfortunately, prevail in Egypt as exposed by human rights organizations,” the network said in a statement.
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