Egypt: Al-Jazeera journalist released on bail

January 15, 2007 01:20


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A journalist from the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera TV channel was released on bail Sunday after being interrogated for possessing video tapes with fabricated scenes of torture by Egyptian police, her lawyer said. According to Egyptian law, releasing on bail means that there is pending legal case, which the state can open and resume at any time. An Egyptian documentary producer for Al-Jazeera, Howaida Taha, 43, was released on a US$1,750 (euro 1,360) bail by the prosecutor's offices in Cairo, her lawyer Ahmed Helmi said. Taha told The Associated Press she was "fine" though she had been interrogated for 13 hours by police over her two-day detention. She said the video footage she was detained for was created with actors for the purpose of a documentary film about police torture in Egypt. "I filmed with the authorities permission," she said on the telephone as she was being released.

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