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Berlin court to decide on fate of Al-Jazeera journalist detained on Egyptian arrest warrant

  • Supporters  of  journalist Ahmed Mansour wait outside f the district court  in Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 22, 2015. Ahmed Mansour, 52, a senior journalist with the Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera, was detained at Tegel airport on Saturday on an Egyptian arrest warrant, Al-Jazeera said. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Supporters of journalist Ahmed Mansour wait outside f the district court in Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 22, 2015. Ahmed Mansour, 52, a senior journalist with the Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera, was detained at Tegel airport on Saturday on an Egyptian arrest warrant, Al-Jazeera said. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man with tape on his mouth attends a demonstration   in front of a court   to support  Ahmed Mansour in Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 22, 2015.  Ahmed Mansour, 52, a senior journalist with the Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera, was detained at Tegel airport on Saturday on an Egyptian arrest warrant, Al-Jazeera said. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    A man with tape on his mouth attends a demonstration in front of a court to support Ahmed Mansour in Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 22, 2015. Ahmed Mansour, 52, a senior journalist with the Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera, was detained at Tegel airport on Saturday on an Egyptian arrest warrant, Al-Jazeera said. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man with tape on his mouth and an Egyptian  flag attends a demonstration in front of a court to  demand the release of the journalist Ahmed Mansour in Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 22, 2015.  Ahmed Mansour, 52, a senior journalist with the Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera, was detained at Tegel airport on Saturday on an Egyptian arrest warrant, Al-Jazeera said. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    A man with tape on his mouth and an Egyptian flag attends a demonstration in front of a court to demand the release of the journalist Ahmed Mansour in Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 22, 2015. Ahmed Mansour, 52, a senior journalist with the Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera, was detained at Tegel airport on Saturday on an Egyptian arrest warrant, Al-Jazeera said. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

A lawyer for a detained Al-Jazeera journalist says a court in Berlin will check the validity of the Egyptian arrest warrant that led Germany to hold his client for two days.

Fazli Altin says the court will meet Monday and there are hopes journalist Ahmed Mansour could be released as early as this afternoon.

Mansour, 52, a well-known journalist with the Qatar-based broadcaster's Arabic service, was detained at Berlin's Tegel airport Saturday as he tried to board a Qatar Airways flight to Doha. Altin said German border police acted based on an Egyptian arrest warrant disseminated by Interpol, but said Interpol itself had not issued its own warrant.

Mansour, who holds Egyptian-British nationality, has been convicted in absentia in Egypt on charges his lawyers and reporters' groups call politically motivated.