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Al-Jazeera reporter held in Egypt stays hopeful
Detained Al-Jazeera reporter in Egypt says colleague's release means he too could be freed
Associated Press
2014-06-17 11:42 PM

CAIRO (AP) -- A Canadian-Egyptian journalist for Al-Jazeera imprisoned in Egypt says he is hopeful that the imminent release of another reporter for the Qatar-based network on medical grounds means he too will be freed.

Mohammed Fahmy spoke Tuesday from a private hospital where he had a medical checkup on his shoulder, an injury that's worsened during his six-month imprisonment.

Fahmy and two other Al-Jazeera journalists are on trial for terrorism-related charges. The verdict is expected Monday.

On Sunday, Egypt's top prosecutor ordered the release of Abdullah Elshamy, an Al-Jazeera Arabic service reporter. Elshamy started a hunger strike over 100 days ago to protest his detention. He's been held since August without charges.

Egyptian authorities accuse Al-Jazeera of being biased toward Islamists. The network denies the allegations against it and its detained staffers.

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