Germany detains Al Jazeera journalist at Egypt request

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Al Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour said he was arrested June 20 at a Berlin airport, after Germany acted on an international arrest warrant issued by his native country Egypt.

German federal police confirmed a 52-year-old journalist travelling to Doha had been arrested at Berlin Tegel airport.
 
"I am still under arrest at Berlin airport, waiting to be taken before an investigating judge," Mansour wrote on his Twitter account.
 
A police spokesman said the arrest took place at around 3:20 pm (1520 GMT), adding that while Mansour was born in Egypt, he also has British nationality.
 
By June 20 evening the journalist was still in police detention and was set to be taken before a judge, who would determine whether an extradition process would be launched, the spokesman added.
 
The Egyptian-issued arrest warrant accused Mansour of committing "several crimes", German police said, without giving further details.
 
Doha-based Al Jazeera confirmed the arrest, and called for his immediate release.
 
"The crackdown on journalists by Egyptian authorities is well known. Our network, as the Arab world's most-watched, has taken the brunt of this," said the network's acting director general Mostefa Souag in a statement.
 
"Other countries must not allow themselves to be tools of this media oppression, least of all those that respect freedom of the media as does Germany. Ahmed Mansour is one of the Arab world's most respected journalists and must be released immediately," he added.
 
Al Jazeera also said on its website that an Egyptian court had sentenced Mansour in absentia in 2014 to 15 years in prison, for "torturing a lawyer in 2011 on Tahrir Square" in Cairo, epicentre of an anti-regime...

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