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Sudan returns Egyptian journalist, after Bashir-Mursi meeting

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July 16, 2012 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan has returned an Egyptian journalist, Shaimaa Adel, to Cairo after she was detained on June 3 for covering the month-long protests against the regime and austerity measures to counteract Khartoum’s dire economic predicament.

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Egyptian journalist Shaimaa Adel (C) is surrounded by her parents after arriving at Cairo airport July 16, 2012. (Reuters)

Adel flew back to Cairo on Monday on the official jet of Egypt’s new head of state, President Mohamed Mursi, who was elected last month, following the ouster of Hosni Mubarek last year.

The Egyptian journalist told Al-Jazeera TV she travelled to Addis Ababa aboard a Sudanese private jet to Addis Ababa accompanied with two security officers who handed her to an Egyptian official in the hotel where was President Mursi.

She further said she took a breakfast with the Egyptian president before to return to Cairo. "The president asked me if I was ill-treated or tortured," she said, stressing she was questioned about her relations with the Sudanese female activists arrested with her.

The ’Arab Spring’ that has so far led to changes of governments in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia - as well as a civil war in Syria - has not resulted in mass protests in Sudan, which has twice in the past overthrown authoritarian regimes through public uprisings.

Bashir has dismissed the protestors as "bubbles", while officials have played down the prospect of a ’Sudanese Spring’. Sudan is recovering from the loss of oil revenues after South Sudan separated last year taking with it the majority of production.

The government’s planned dissolution of subsidies on key goods, including petrol and gas, triggered the protests that began on 16 June at the University of Khartoum and later spread to other areas of the city and some regional towns.

Mursi is reported to have discussed Adel’s case with his counterpart, Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir at the African Union summit on Sunday.

Adel, 25, was the second Egyptian journalist to be arrested by Sudanese authorities for covering the protests, which have led to over 2,000 arrests according to human rights groups.

The Sudanese government say they detained Adel on the basis that she did not have proper accreditation, accusing her of having links to activists.

Another Egyptian journalist, Bloomberg’s former Sudan correspondent, Salma El Wardany, was also detained and expelled by Khartoum under similar circumstances.

An AFP journalist, Simon Martelli, was briefly held for covering the beginning of the protests.

Sudan’s official news agency (SUNA) has quoted foreign minister Ali Karti as saying that Bashir had approved of Adel’s release before his meeting with Mursi in Addis Abba. However, Mursi’s official page on the social media website Facebook said the decision was taken after he met Bashir.

Mursi is a member of Egypt’s prominent Muslim Brotherhood, the party from which Bashir’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has its roots.

Critics in Egypt have accused the President of attempting to exploit Adel’s case. Mursi insisted that she flew back from Khartoum to Cairo with him in his jet, the journalist told Al Jazeera.

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  • 17 July 2012 06:14, by Kurnyel

    Bashir is so fair indeed in Africa

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    • 17 July 2012 07:57, by omoni jr.

      UN described Darfur as’HELL ON EARTH" in 2003 ,and you gave your husband bashir credits for murdering people.

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    • 17 July 2012 11:07, by Akol Liai Mager

      So pathetic! Radko Mladic is behind closed doors at Hague for allegedly killing eight hundred Bosnian Muslims whilst Criminal Bashir walks free despite admitting that he has slaughtered ten (10,000) thousand innocent Darfurians. The day will come for God to reward Bashir, or punish him if taking lives of others is really a punishable crime by God.

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    • 17 July 2012 12:08, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Mursi and Bashir are birds of the same feater,tomorrow they will talk different on the case of this jouralist Abel.But good enought she look OK in the middle of her parents

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 17 July 2012 19:59, by Ruach

      She came to hell!!

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  • 17 July 2012 07:39, by Madina Tonj

    Northern Sudanese leaders thinks that, Arab uprising will not going to happen to them, this is why they keep away journalist from the truth there. They feel happy when bad thing happen to others Arabs nations such as Libya and Egyptian, but when it is them then, they arrest journalist people something Arabs nations haven’t notice that.

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  • 17 July 2012 14:11, by mohamed mahgoub

    She is lucky her president cares about her safty and well being that is his job, but we in S K ,BN, Darfur and before S Sudan have acriminal president wanted by ICC ,the job he knows is to bomb us and starve us to death.what adifference !

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  • 17 July 2012 16:23, by Beneben Bai

    Mohamed Ali and Kurnyel, you fear Egypt that is why you handed over Shima Ali to Mursi. Same thing is with Halaib issue

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