A journalist from the al-Jazeera television network who stands accused of belonging to an al-Qaeda cell has been granted bail by a Spanish judge, court sources say.
Alouni became well-known for his work in Afghanistan
Tayseer Alouni who is best known for interviewing Osama Bin Laden
after the 11 September attacks on the United States, was arrested in early September in southern Spain.
He was charged with providing money and information to al-Qaeda
operatives and recruiting fighters for the group.
Lawyers for Mr Alouni presented a report from doctors asking that he be released from jail and Judge
Baltasar Garzon accepted, setting bail at 6,000 euros ($7,000), the National Court said.
His wife reportedly raised concerns about his health last month, saying he
had suffered a heart attack while he was covering the war in Iraq.
Court sources said the bail had been paid and Mr Alouni should
be released from a prison on the outskirts of Madrid this
Under the terms of his bail, he cannot
leave the country without the court's permission and he must
report each week to the court nearest his home.
Spanish police arrested the journalist on 5 September at his home near the southern city of Granada on orders from Mr Garzon.
The judge included Mr Alouni in the indictment he handed down
against Osama Bin Laden and 34 other terror suspects.
Mr Alouni, who has both Spanish and Syrian citizenship, is a
well-known war correspondent in the Middle East for the Qatar-based Arabic satellite television network.
He was the Kabul correspondent for al-Jazeera during the
Afghanistan war, and one of the only journalists allowed by
the hardline Taleban regime to operate from the areas in
He was criticised by some for helping the station secure
videotapes from Osama Bin Laden in the months after the
11 September attacks.
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar's government has
been one of the US's firmest allies in its
international war on terror.