What makes the arrest of Mansour surprising and suspicious is that he was not arrested until after he wrote his critical report. He was allowed to enter Germany and no attempt was made to arrest him at the time.
Mansour has both UK and Egyptian citizenship and was using a UK passport. He was arrested at Berlin's Tegel airport while he was trying to board a Qatar airways flight back to Doha, Qatar, the headquarters for Al Jazeera. Mansour's lawyer, Fazil Altin said that it was "embarrassing for Germany that he is being held on these clearly political allegations". Altin claims that the Egyptian arrest warrant was not even valid internationally as Interpol had refused to grant a warrant for Mansour's arrest. The execution of the warrant could be a friendly gesture to Egypt on Germany's part or it could be a "mistake" as Mansour hopes. Egypt has already come under heavy criticism for sentencing three Al Jazeera journalists to seven years in prison last year.
On Monday, Berlin prosecutors released a short statement in which they said they would not seek the extradition of Mansour to Egypt as a result of "legal aspects and possible diplomatic concerns". They ordered Mansour to be released. It appears that Mansour's arrest might have been a mistake but even so it was an embarrassing episode for Germany.
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Ken is a retired philosophy professor living in the boondocks of Manitoba, Canada, with his Filipina wife. He enjoys reading the news and writing articles. Politically Ken is on the far left of the political spectrum on many issues.