CAIRO – A Canadian-Egyptian journalist for Al-Jazeera imprisoned in Egypt says he is hopeful that the imminent release of another reporter for the Qatar-based network on medical grounds means he too will be freed.
Mohammed Fahmy spoke Tuesday from a private hospital where he had a medical checkup on his shoulder, an injury that's worsened during his six-month imprisonment.
Fahmy and two other Al-Jazeera journalists are on trial for terrorism-related charges. The verdict is expected Monday.
On Sunday, Egypt's top prosecutor ordered the release of Abdullah Elshamy, an Al-Jazeera Arabic service reporter. Elshamy started a hunger strike over 100 days ago to protest his detention. He's been held since August without charges.
Egyptian authorities accuse Al-Jazeera of being biased toward Islamists. The network denies the allegations against it and its detained staffers.