Egypt extends detention of Al Jazeera journalists

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.

Source: bbc

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