Al-Jazeera Journalist Detained in Germany on Egyptian Warrant Released

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A man gets tape fixed on his mouth as he attends a demonstration in front of a court to support the release of the journalist Ahmed Mansour in Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 22, 2015Credit: AP

Al-Jazeera says its journalist who was detained in Berlin on an Egyptian arrest warrant is being released from custody.

According to the Qatar-based broadcaster, Ahmed Mansour's attorney said that German prosecutors had agreed to release the 52-year-old journalist on Monday afternoon. He was detained Saturday on an Egyptian warrant at Berlin's Tegel airport as he tried to board a Qatar Airways flight to Doha.

Prosecutors could not immediately be reached to confirm the report and Mansour's attorney Patrick Teubner declined to comment.

Cairo's criminal court sentenced Mansour, who has dual Egyptian and British citizenship, to 15 years in prison in absentia last year on the charge of torturing a lawyer in Tahrir Square in 2011.

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