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Cape Town - South African cameraman Adil Bradlow has been released by the authorities in Cairo and is expected to return home soon.
Bradlow, 52, who was covering events in Cairo for Al Jazeera, had been detained since last Tuesday.
International Relations and Co-operation’s spokesman Clayson Monyela confirmed on Sunday that Bradlow had been released.
Monyela said Bradlow would be going to Britain before returning to South Africa.
He said it was not known why Bradlow had been detained.
Bradlow had been covering events in Egypt for Al Jazeera English when he was detained with three colleagues.
According to an Al Jazeera spokesman, who declined to give his name, a number of Al Jazeera staff had been arrested while working in Egypt after the military removed Mohamed Mursi as president.
“We don’t know why they are targeting our staff and arresting them for no obvious reason.” The staff had not been charged. “This seems to be the authorities’ way of intimidating our staff,” the spokesman said.
The network’s lawyers were in Cairo negotiating and processing releases for all reporters and cameramen who had been detained.
An official at the airport, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said the four Al Jazeera employees were being deported for working in Egypt without a permit or licence to use satellite transmitters.
Bradlow’s wife, Gadijah, who worked for Al Jazeera in Qatar in 2010, referred all questions to photographer Benny Gool, a long-time friend of the cameraman.
Gool said: “I spoke to him through his lawyer and he sounded confident that he would be coming home. Adil is very good spirited and speaks Arabic fluently, so we are sure he is okay.”
However, in an interview on eNCA, Bradlow described how terrifying the experience had been. “They (the authorities) made us all stand in a line and put a gun to my colleague’s head,” he said, adding that his equipment, money and iPhone had been stolen by the authorities.
The father of six would not be returning straight to his Joburg home because he had entered Egypt using his UK passport and was to be deported to London.
Cadet News Agency