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Al-Jazeera reporter held in Germany

Published 20/06/2015

German officials have reportedly detained an Al-Jazeera journalist
German officials have reportedly detained an Al-Jazeera journalist

Al-Jazeera has reported that one of its Arabic language journalists has been detained in Germany over an Egyptian arrest warrant.

Al-Jazeera English identified the detained reporter as Ahmed Mansour, a senior journalist with its Arabic television news channel.

It said he had previously been sentenced in absentia in Egypt to 15 years in prison over allegedly torturing a lawyer in Tahrir Square in 2011, a charge both he and the channel rejected.

While not identifying Mansour by name, German police spokesman Meik Grauer said authorities detained a 52-year-old Egyptian-British journalist at Berlin's Tegel airport.

Mr Grauer said the journalist was detained before he boarded a flight to Doha, Qatar, and that prosecutors would look into the arrest warrant tomorrow.

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