Egypt to release hunger strike journalist

Protesters rally in support of Al Jazeera journalists Abdullah al-Shami and Mohammed Sultan. Credit: Reuters

Prosecutors in Egypt have ordered the release on medical grounds of Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah Al-Shamy, who has been on hunger strike for over 130 days.

Al-Shamy had been on hunger strike in protest over his detention.

Three other Al Jazeera journalists are on trial on charges of aiding ousted President Mohamed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood, which the state has declared a terrorist group as part of a fierce security crackdown after the army ousted Mursi last July.