Pictured: The moment Al Jazeera journalist was freed after ten-month prison sentence and 21-week hunger strike - Press Gazette

Pictured: The moment Al Jazeera journalist was freed after ten-month prison sentence and 21-week hunger strike

These photographs (Reuters) and video show the moment Al Jazeera reporter Abdullah Elshamy was released from imprisonment in Egypt after ten months.

Elshamy, who had been on a hunger strike for his last 21 weeks in the Cairo jail, was freed yesterday on health grounds after first being arrested on 14 August.

He was arrested while reporting on a police raid on a sit-in in support of the country's Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, but has not been charged with an offence.

According to Al Jazeera, Elshamy was transferred from the high security Scorpion prison to First Nasr City police station on Tuesday afternoon before being released.

On his release, a “jubilant” Elshamy was greeted by a large crowd, and thanked everyone who supported him throughout his ordeal.

But he also called for Egypt to release other journalists, including Al Jazeera's Peter Greste, Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy who have all spent 171 days in jail.

"I have won. Everyone who is a freedom fighter or a journalist doing his work credibly and honestly has won," he said.

"I missed my freedom, I missed my life, my life stopped on August 14 at 6pm when I was moved to a place I did not wish to be.

"It is important to mention that this is only the beginning. I am more determined to carry on this struggle than before."

A spokesman for Al Jazeera said: "This is a relief rather than a cause for celebration. Abdullah has been through a terrible ordeal for over 10 months. He'll want to spend time with his family and recuperate. When he's ready, we look forward to seeing him back in action, doing the vital job of journalism that he so clearly loves."

"We would like to thank all who supported Abdullah's cause; millions on social media, international and humanitarian organisations, media outlets which covered the case professionally and public figures across the world who expressed their support to Abdullah on several levels, proving their strong belief in freedom of journalism and its role."

Al Jazeera’s lawyer Shaaban Saeed said: "The appeal which was accepted by the public prosecution was based on the fact that Abdullah was carrying out his duties as a correspondent for Al Jazeera at the time of his arrest."

A verdict on the cases of Greste, Mohamed and Fahmy is due on 23 June.



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