Al Jazeera journalist Mansour spends second night in custody
June 22, Berlin: Journalist of Al Jazeera, Ahmed Mansour, will remain in German custody for a second night after he was detained at Berlin airport at the request of Egyptian government.
Egypt‘s attorney general on Sunday asked Germany and Interpol to extradite Mansour, but prosecutors have said that they have not yet decided whether to extradite him to Egypt or set him free, Associated Press reported.
The temporary detention investigative judge concluded his investigation with Mansour on Sunday, after which he was transferred to Moabit prison in Berlin.
Dozens of his supporters protested in front of the Berlin court building where the journalist from Al Jazeera’s Arabic channel was being held.
Mansour’s lawyer, Fazli Altin, called for the journalist’s immediate release, saying that Germany was getting involved in a politically tainted case,” AP reported.
Mansour told Al Jazeera by telephone earlier that he would remain in custody until Monday.
Al Jazeera’s Paul Brennan, reporting from Berlin, said Mansour will go before the attorney general on Monday morning.
“The attorney general will look in more detail at the actual allegation and we hope make a formal decision on whether or not Mansour’s detention can be justified,” he said. “It is entirely possible he could be freed tomorrow.”
More than 20,000 people have signed a petition calling on the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to release Mansour, one of Arab World’s most respected journalists.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called on Cairo to stop pursuing Al Jazeera journalists.
The Oslo Times and Agencies