Egypt extends Al Jazeera journalist’s detention for 11th time
The Egyptian authorities have again extended the detention of Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein for the 11th time, 404 days after he was first arrested on spurious charges.
Hussein was stopped, questioned and arrested by authorities on December 20, 2016, after travelling to Cairo for a holiday with his family.
Since his unwarranted arrest, he has endured arduous months in solitary confinement, being denied his medical, human, and legal rights. He is yet to be formally charged.
On Saturday, January 27, Egyptian authorities arbitrarily decided to extend his detention for a further period of 45 days.
Al Jazeera has condemned the repeated renewals of his unjustified detention, denies all the allegations against him, and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.
Furthermore, the network holds the Egyptian authorities completely responsible for Hussein’s safety and well-being.
Human rights and press freedom organisations have also condemned Hussein’s detention, with his family saying he is suffering from poor health after not receiving proper medical attention since breaking his arm.