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Egypt: Jailed Aljazeera journalist moved to undisclosed location following calls for his release

May 13, 2014 at 11:11 am

The Tora Prison authorities transported the detained Aljazeera reporter Abdullah ElShamy from his cell to an undisclosed location, Aljazeera channel reported Monday.

The move came after Elshamy’s attorneys lodged a complaint to the Public Prosecutor demanding his immediate release and transferring him to a hospital within a maximum of 48 hours, due to the deterioration of his health following more than 112 days of hunger strike.

Blood tests conducted on May 8 showed that Elshamy was suffering from acute anaemia, decreasing red blood cells and kidney dysfunction.

Doctors told Aljazeera that Elshamy’s condition is life-threatening, and that he would die within few days.

Meanwhile, pro-coup anchor Amr Adeeb called for the release of Aljazeera correspondents and upholding freedom of speech: “I am against the arrest of any journalist because of his work. This issue causes us a foreign policy crisis. Whenever Egyptian officials meet with foreign counterparts, they are asked about this issue.”