Reports surfaced, mid-Monday that Germany was about to release detained Al Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour without charge. Al Jazeera wrote in a Tweet: "Al Jazeera reports journalist Ahmed Mansour has been freed from detention without charges." Meanwhile German Foreign Office spokesperson Martin Schaefer said in Berlin on Monday that there had been "developments" in the case of Ahmed Mansour, especially in Germany's stance towards the Egyptian judicial system. These changes are related "to cases involving the media or representatives of and people close to the Muslim Brotherhood," Schaefer said without elaborating. Mansour was detained by German police at Berlin's Tegel Airport, Saturday, after Egyptian authorities issued an international arrest warrant against him. Mansour was arrested as he tried to board a Qatar Airways flight from Berlin to Doha. In 2014, the 52-year-old journalist, who has both British and Egyptian citizenship, was sentenced in absentia to 15 years in prison by Cairo's criminal court on the charge of torturing a lawyer in Tahrir Square in 2011. Both Al Jazeera and Mansour dismissed the charge as false and an attempt to attack the character of the journalist. Previously, in 2014, Egyptian authorities filed a request to Interpol for an international arrest warrant for Mansour, which was rejected.
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