Hunger strike journalist released from Egyptian prison

Protesters rally in support of the detained Al Jazeera journalists Credit: Reuters

An Al Jazeera journalist who spent more than 130 days on hunger strike in protest at his detention has been freed from an Egyptian prison.

Abdullah Al-Shamy, 26, was released today on medical grounds after spending nearly a year in detention without charge.

Three other journalists including the Australian national Peter Greste are still being held by Egyptian authorities in a case that has caused worldwide outcry.

They are accused of aiding the former president Mohamed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood, which was banned as a terrorist group by the army regime which ousted the Mursi last July.