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Freed Egyptian Al Jazeera journalist returns home after 4 years in prison

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Mahmoud Hussein, a journalist for Qatar's Al Jazeera, arrived at his home in greater Cairo on Saturday (Feb 6) after four
years in an Egyptian jail, an AFP journalist reported, amid thawing relations between the countries.

 

The 54-year-old Egyptian national was released on Thursday from a Cairo prison, a security source and his daughter
Azzahra Hussein confirmed to AFP, but bail conditions at a police station in southern Cairo were still being finalised.

 

"His father died before witnessing this moment, he was waiting for it for a long time," Hussein's mother told AFP before
her son's arrival.

 

Clutching a necklace with a photo of Hussein on it, she was surrounded by throngs of relatives and supporters who had
set up colourful lights to celebrate his return.

 

Neighbours handed out drinks while children lit fireworks as women clapped and ululated. Others rushed to hug him in
the small village on the outskirts of Cairo.

 

Qatar's Al Jazeera - which had run a daily campaign calling for his liberation - had repeatedly said he was being held
"without formal charges nor trial".

 

According to Egyptian law, detainees can be held in pre-trial detention for up to two years, but authorities regularly
prolong the periods.

 

"Even though there are bail conditions ... Dad is out of the police station, thank God. Freedom to all those oppressed,"
his other daughter based in Paris, Aya Hussein, said on Twitter.

 

 

Hussein's release comes just over two weeks after Egypt and Qatar restored diplomatic ties, following a three-year
Saudi-led freeze on relations with Doha, with a particular focus on Al Jazeera's coverage.


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