Judge Hussein Qandeel of the 23rd Circuit Criminal Court in Egypt has for the 12th time extended the jail term of Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein.
The journalist has now been detained for 447 days in Egypt without charge after the detention renewal by the Egyptian court in Cairo.
According to Human rights and press freedom organisations that have condemned his treatment, the 51-year-old is suffering from poor physical and pyschological health conditions due to his extended stay in detention.
The journalist, who is an Egyptian national based in Qatar, was stopped, questioned, and arrested by authorities on December 20, 2016, after travelling to Cairo for a holiday.
Five days after his initial arrest, Egypt’s interior ministry accused him of “disseminating false news and receiving monetary funds from foreign authorities in order to defame the state’s reputation”.
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