Egypt has freed Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein after four years of pre-trial detention, said his brother and lawyer.
Mr. Hussein, who was arrested in Cairo on December 23, 2016, was held on charges of spreading false news, joining a banned group and receiving foreign funds.
The 54-year-old father of nine was interrogated for more than 15 hours without a lawyer present before he was released and arrested again days later, Al Jazeera said.
No formal charges have ever been made against the Egyptian citizen, the network added.
Mr. Hussein’s daughter, Az-Zahraa, reportedly posted a message on Facebook: “Thank God, the decision to release Baba has been implemented. Today Baba is at his house. Fortunately.”
Mr Hussein’s detention has been extended more than a dozen times, Al Jazeera said, adding that he has been held in solitary confinement for long periods.
Acting general director of the network, Mostefa Souag, said the release of his colleague was a “moment of truth and an inspiring milestone towards freedom of the press”.
He added: “Al Jazeera Media Network welcomes the news of Mahmoud’s freedom and believes that no journalist should ever be exposed to what Mahmoud has suffered over the past four years for simply doing his job.
“Today we are happy that he is finally reunited with his family after four years of being deprived of his life and his basic rights.
“We wish Mahmoud a speedy recovery and hope that he can overcome this past ordeal and start a new chapter in his career.”