Lawyer demands Shamy’s release, cites client’s poor health
Reporter for Al-Jazeera Arabic Abdullah Al-shamy - YOUM7(Archive)
By RANDA EL-BANNA

CAIRO:  Shaaban al-Said, a lawyer for jailed Al Jazeera journalist Abdallah al-Shamy, issued a grievance demanding the release of Shamy and referring him to forensics so that a report could be written documenting Shamy’s poor medical condition, Youm7 reported Saturday.

This is the third time Shamy’s lawyer has issued a grievance to the attorney general to release Shamy, Youm7 added.

Shamy has been on hunger strike since Jan. 21 and was detained in August while covering the dispersal of Rabaa al-Adaweya. He is on trial for charges of attempted murder, joining an armed gang, assaulting security forces and other related charges.

Al Jazeera has condemned Shamy’s detention and said it considers it an “arbitary detention.” According to its website, the news network also said dozens of human rights and journalism organizations have joined with Al Jazeera in condemning a security raid on its Cairo offices and the removal of all its equipment despite the fact they’re licensed by the Egyptian government.

Shamy’s family published a press release on May 22 after seeing footage of their son eating on Facebook and expressed concern about his condition, Al-Ahram reported. The family believes the footage is fake, and said their son is still on hunger strike. When they visited him Monday, he reportedly told them that he will not break his hunger strike until his demands are met.

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