Calls for Egypt to allow detained Al Jazeera journalist to attend father’s funeral

The family of Mahmoud Hussein, the imprisoned Al Jazeera journalist, are calling on Egyptian authorities to give him permission to attend his father’s funeral after he passed away yesterday.In September Hussein requested permission to visit his father Hussein Jumaa but the request was denied. Jumaa had five strokes in the period of time Hussein has been in prison.In a Facebook post yesterday, his daughter Az-Zahraa Mahmoud Hussein wrote: “No one answered for two months when we asked for an exit visa for our father to see his sick father, now he wants to bury his father and say goodbye… we demand the release of journalist Mahmoud Hussein to bury his father tomorrow after the noon prayer.”Hussein was arrested in December 2016 after visiting his family in Egypt and has been in pre-trial detention for over 1,000 days, accused with incitement against state institutions and spreading chaos and broadcasting false news. READ: Global hunger strike campaign in support of Egypt political prisoners In May the state prosecutor ordered his release but then a new investigation was launched and he was returned to pris ...Read more

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