Canadian reporter imprisoned in Egypt hopeful after colleague's release

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Canadian reporter imprisoned in Egypt hopeful after colleague's release

CAIRO - An Egyptian-Canadian journalist for Al-Jazeera imprisoned in Egypt says he's hopeful that the imminent release of another reporter for the Qatar-based news network on medical grounds means he too will be freed.

Mohamed Fahmy spoke Tuesday from a private hospital where he had a medical checkup on his shoulder, an injury that's worsened during his six-month imprisonment.

Fahmy and two other Al-Jazeera English journalists are on trial for terrorism-related charges. The verdict is expected Monday.

On Sunday, Egypt's top prosecutor ordered the release of Abdullah Elshamy, an Al-Jazeera Arabic reporter.

Elshamy started a hunger strike over 100 days ago to protest his detention. He's been held since August without charges.

Egyptian authorities accuse Al-Jazeera of being biased toward Islamists. The network denies the allegations against it and its detained staffers.

Organizations: Al-Jazeera

Geographic location: Egypt, CAIRO

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