File - In this Thursday, May 15, 2014, Al-Jazeera's Egyptian journalist Abdullah Elshamy, center, appears in a defendants' cage along with several other defendants in a courthouse during a trial on terror charges in Cairo. (AP Photo/Hamada Elrasam)
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A Canadian-Egyptian journalist for Al-Jazeera imprisoned in Egypt said Tuesday is hopeful that the imminent release of another reporter for the Qatar-based network on medical grounds means he too will be freed.Fahmy and two other Al-Jazeera English journalists are on trial for terrorism-related charges, the first such case against reporters in Egypt.The Egyptian government accuses Al-Jazeera of being biased toward Islamists.Separately, Egyptian authorities are detaining Abdullah Elshamy, an Al-Jazeera Arabic service reporter. Fahmy appeared upbeat in the hospital, hoping that the imminent release of Elshamy was a sign they too may be released. He said he considered the case a "misunderstanding," and wished authorities won't let the case continue to harm Egypt's name.Fahmy has been the most outspoken against the charges during his trial. He has submitted letters to the court from such some prominent figures in Egypt, such as former Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, who oversaw the committee that drafted Egypt's current constitution.
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