Mahmoud Hussein is a senior Al Jazeera Arabic journalist, who moved to Doha, Qatar in 2013, after Al Jazeera Media Network’s operations were shut down by Egyptian authorities.
Hussein, travelled to Cairo to visit his family on the 19th December 2016. Upon his arrival in Cairo’s airport, he was questioned by security officials for over 15 hours. He was later allowed to leave the airport and head home. However, on the 23rd December, he, along with two of his brothers, was arrested at home by the authorities.
From 23 December 2016 to 20 March 2017, Mahmoud was held in solitary confinement, and his family have expressed concerns that he was being mistreated and suffered from significant weight loss.
Since the arrest of Mahmoud Hussein, the Egyptian judiciary has continued to detain him without any charges by extending his detention every 45 days breaching his fundamental rights.
While in prison Mahmoud sustained an injury, which resulted in a fracture in his left elbow and the prison authorities have consistently refused to provide him with much needed medical treatment, and have refused attorney’s request to refer him to a private medical care, despite Al Jazeera committing to cover all medical expenses.
On 23 May 2019, a court in Egypt rejected the appeal by the prosecutor to continues detention and ordered the release of Mahmoud Hussein from prison. However, the authorities have opened up a new investigation against him with unspecified charges and returned him to prison.
On 6 February 2021, The Egyptian authorities has released Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein after more than four years in detention without formal charges or trial.