Egypt journalist freed in Sudan, returns home

July 16, 2012 - 10:41 AM
Ethiopia African Union Summit

Egypt's newly elected President Mohammed Morsi, center, speaks to delegates at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sunday, July 15, 2012. Morsi flew to Ethiopia on Sunday to attend an African Union summit in an attempt to rekindle Cairo's relations with the continent after years of neglect under his predecessor Mubarak. (AP Photo/Elias Asmare)

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president has flown a journalist, detained for nearly two weeks in Sudan after covering protests there, back to Cairo with him on his private plane.

A post on President Mohammed Morsi's Facebook page says Shaimaa Adel left Sudan and was flown to Ethiopia, where she had breakfast Monday with the president, who was attending a summit. Then they flew home.

Adel was detained July 3 in Sudan's capital of Khartoum, covering protests against new austerity measures and the rule of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. She works for the independent Egyptian daily al-Watan newspaper.

Egypt's official news agency, MENA, reported that the Egyptian president pressed al-Bashir to release Adel.

Al-Bashir explained that Sudan detained her for entering Sudan without permission to work as a journalist, but agreed to free her.