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Senior Al Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour was being held at the State Criminal Police Office in Berlin, Sunday, following his arrest at Berlin's Tegel Airport on Saturday after Egyptian authorities issued an international arrest warrant for him. Mansour was detained 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. It is believed that Mansour will be held in custody until Monday, when he will attend a German court where a judge will decide on the case. Egyptian authorities and Al Jazeera have clashed several times in recent years. Egypt's government has accused Al Jazeera of representing the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement overthrown by current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in 2013. Al Jazeera is currently seeking $150 million (€132 million) in compensation from Egyptian authorities over damages caused by the military-backed government to its news network. El-Sisi was in Germany earlier in June where he met with the country's President Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. His visit triggered a protest in the capital, with activists accusing him of several human rights violations. Prior to his visit, the Human Rights Watch together with Amnesty International, Front Line Defenders, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) sent a letter to Angela Merkel urging her to take a stand against human rights violations in Egypt.


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