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Hamas releasing British journalist in Gaza - lawyer

world Updated: Mar 11, 2010 15:38 IST

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Paul Martin, a British freelance journalist arrested by Hamas in the Gaza Strip last month and held on suspicion of espionage for Israel, was being released on Thursday, his lawyer and a Palestinian official said.

Martin was detained on Feb. 14 while in Hamas-run Gaza to give evidence in a court case.

His lawyer, Sharhabeel al-Zaeem, told Reuters he expected Martin to be freed without charge or penalty and to be handed over to British consular officials.

He would leave Gaza for Israel later in the day.