Al Jazeera ‘Marriott Cell’ Sentenced By Egyptian Court

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Al Jazeera ‘Marriott Cell’ Sentenced By Egyptian Court

Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah al-Shamy to be released today – brother

CAIRO, June 17 (Aswat Masriya) Abdullah al-Shamy, an Egyptian journalist who had been on hunger strike for over 100 days, is expected to be released on Tuesday in accordance with an order from the country’s top prosecutor, his brother told Aswat Masriya.

Egypt’s prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat ordered the release of Shamy on medical grounds late on Monday.

Shamy, and 12 others, were arrested on August 14 during the dispersal of two sit-ins held in support of ousted President Mohamed Mursi.

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Shamy’s lawyer also expects the journalist to be freed later today from a Nasr City police station.

In a Facebook post, Mosa’ab al-Shamy thanked everybody who stood in solidarity with his brother until he was released. He particularly thanked activists Leila Suef and Aida Saif al-Dawla who began a hunger strike a few weeks ago in solidarity with the young journalist.

Al Jazeera – Netherlands summons Egyptian ambassador over “disappointing” verdict

CAIRO, June 23 (Aswat Masriya) The Netherlands said on Monday it was summoning the Egyptian ambassador to protest against the “disappointing” verdict against a Dutch journalist.

Rena Netjes was sentenced on Monday in abstenia to 10 years in prison, in the case known as the “Marriott Cell” which involved Al Jazeera journalists who were accused of defaming Egypt and spreading false news.

“Rena Netjes did not have a fair trial. The Netherlands is taking this matter very seriously,” Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans, said.