Family and Lawyer of Al-Jazeera Reporter Say Egypt Rearrested Him

Mahmoud Hussein was under arrest for two years on accusations of spreading fake news and was transferred to a police station last week to await his release

File photo: A Qatari employee of Al-Jazeera Arabic language TV news channel walks past the logo of Al-Jazeera in Doha, November 2006.
Kamran Jebreili,AP

The family and lawyer of Al-Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein, who was ordered released last week after more than two years in detention on accusations of spreading false news, say he's been rearrested.

Under Egyptian procedure and following last week's order, Hussein had been transferred from jail to a police station to await his release.

But his lawyer, Gama Eid, said on Wednesday that instead of being freed, Hussein was apparently ordered detained again in a separate case. Eid says he doesn't know what the new charges are.

Hussein's family says the new case dates from last year, when he was already in detention.

Hussein, an Egyptian working for the Qatar-based satellite network, was detained at the Cairo airport in December 2016, when he arrived on a family vacation from Doha.