BERLIN – An Al-Jazeera journalist temporarily detained in Berlin on an Egyptian arrest warrant is criticizing Germany for taking him into custody.
Ahmed Mansour and his attorneys told reporters in Berlin on Tuesday it was still not clear why Germany decided to act on an Egyptian warrant accusing him of torturing a lawyer in Tahrir Square in 2011 — a charge that he denies.
Mansour says he fears Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government "has succeeded in exporting some of its dictatorship, repression and violations to here in Germany."
After detaining him over the weekend, German prosecutors quickly decided Monday to free Mansour and not pursue his extradition to Egypt. A parliamentary committee is now questioning the foreign and justice ministries about the matter.
Mansour vowed to continue to "work for freedom."