Egyptian prosecutors have again extended the pre-trial detention of three Al Jazeera journalists for 45 days – despite reports that one is suffering from serious health problems.
Hisham Abdelaziz has been detained for two-and-a-half years – far longer than legally permitted.
His wife says he needs urgent surgery for failing eyesight.
He was arrested in June 2019 and accused of joining a terrorist group.
Rabee Al-Shaykh, a producer at the Qatar-based network, is accused of “spreading false news”.
Bahaa Al-Deen Ibrahim, also a producer, was detained in February 2020.
Al Jazeera’s operations in Egypt were shut down by the government in 2013 and the network only resumed broadcasting from there last year.