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Egypt's prosecution to release or renew detention of El-Shamy Thursday

Detention of Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah El-Shamy to be terminated or renewed based on general prosecution's decision on Thursday

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din, Tuesday 3 Jun 2014
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Still from leaked video of statement by hunger striker Abdullah El-Shamy
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Egypt's general prosecution has postponed to 5 June the detention renewal session of Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah El-Shamy and 300 other co-defendants, according to Ahram Online's reporter.

The prosecution will meet on Thursday to decide whether El-Shamy is to be released or his detention renewed.

El-Shamy was arrested while covering the violent dispersal of the pro-Mohamed Morsi protest camp held in Cairo's Rabaa Al-Adaweya square last August. He has been held in continually renewed detention since, his case not yet referred to court.

El-Shamy has lost a third of his weight as a result of an ongoing hunger strike he initiated on 21 January, more than 100 days ago.

On Sunday, a number of activists began a hunger strike in solidarity with the detained journalist.

El-Shamy, along with hundreds of others, faces charges of terrorism and attempted murder.

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