FREELANCE photojournalist Adil Bradlow, released from detention by Egyptian authorities yesterday, will be back at his Johannesburg home tomorrow, his wife, Khadija Bradlow, said.
Adil Bradlow, a CNN African Journalist of the Year Award-winner and a veteran who has covered several wars around the world, had been accused of spying.
His release “is good news and obviously a huge relief for the family”, said Khadija Bradlow.
She said Bradlow had been deported to the UK as he had entered Egypt using a British passport. He was detained on Tuesday.
“It has been a terrible experience for the family, but it is over now.”
Khadija Bradlow would not be drawn on how her husband was and referred queries to family spokesman Benny Gool.
Gool said: “I spoke to him for only a few minutes. He is okay and in good spirits.” He was unsure whether Bradlow would join him and another photographer, Zubeida Vallie, for the opening of a joint photographic exhibition in Cape Town on Sunday.
Bradlow was on assignment with Al Jazeera correspondent Wayne Hay and producers Baher Mohammed and Russ Finn when they were detained at a checkpoint in Cairo.
In an interview with eNCA yesterday, Bradlow said he had been detained on an espionage charge.
He said that on the first night in detention they were lined up against a wall and a cocked 9mm pistol was put against the head of one of them.
“It was quite a harrowing experience. It was pretty scary for all of us,” he said. Bradlow said some of their equipment and personal possessions were stolen.
Bradlow’s son Umar Bradlow said: “My dad is on his way to the UK and will be staying with my grandfather, Melvyn Bradlow. The family were nervous when we heard he was arrested. But I know he is the kind of person who always wants to get the best picture first and is someone used to these types of situations.”
Umar said his father was born in Johannesburg and moved to Cape Town to study at UCT. The family lived in Belhar.
Department of International Relations and Co-operation spokesman Clayson Monyela did not know why Adil Bradlow was held. “His employer (said) he did not have the necessary permit.”