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RIO DE JANEIRO---A Brazilian beauty
pageant took a bizarre turn when the first
runner-up snatched the crown off the
winner of the Miss Amazonas contest,
refusing to accept her loss.
Sheislane (shays-lah-nee) Hayalla is jus-
tifying her reaction by claiming her rival,
Carol Toledo, bought the title. Pageant
organisers could not be reached for com-
"I wanted to express my disapproval of
the actions shown in preparation of Miss
Amazonas 2015. I don t regret having
protested," she wrote in a message posted
on her Facebook page Saturday night. "I
wanted something clean and honest."
At the crowning ceremony late Friday,
Hayalla initially hugged her opponent as
the winner s name was announced. Seconds
later, as a woman adjusted the crown onto
Toledo s hair, Hayalla stepped forward to
snatch the tiara violently from her head
and throw it onto the stage before storming
away while the crowd applauded. She did
not respond to a request for comment.
Images from the crowning moment
quickly spread on social media sites. Inter-
net users created memes showing Hayalla
taking the crown from Queen Elizabeth II,
and Kanye West taking the microphone
from Taylor Swift during the 2009 MTV
Video Music Awards with the caption, "Let
go! This belongs to Sheislane."
The winner of Miss Amazonas represents
the jungle state in the national Miss Brazil
contest. It was unclear whether Hayalla
would keep her status as Miss Amazonas
"I apologise if anyone didn t like my
attitude, but I really did what my heart
told me to," Hayalla said in a video after
Hayalla represented Brazil in last year s
Miss Globe International pageant, held in
Baku, Azerbaijan, where she also was
named first runner-up. (AP)
• View video of the incident here:
Sheislane Hayalla, right claims the crown
from her rival, Carol Toledo.
• Twitter: @GuardianTT • Web: guardian.co.tt
CAIRO---A reporter for Al-Jazeera English
was released from an Egyptian prison and
deported yesterday after more than a year
behind bars, but his two Egyptian colleagues
remained jailed in a case widely condemned
as a sham by human-rights groups.
Australian Peter Greste was whisked away on
a flight to Cyprus. His release came as a welcome
surprise to fellow reporters and activists who
spent months pressing for his freedom.
But rights groups and Greste s Qatar-based
broadcaster called on Egypt to release the other
two defendants in the case, which has hindered
the country s international standing as it strug-
gles to recover from the political unrest and
economic collapse caused by the 2011 uprising.
Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohammed
Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohammed were
arrested in December 2013 over their coverage
of the violent crackdown on Islamist protests
following the military overthrow of President
Egyptian authorities accused them of pro-
viding a platform for Morsi s Muslim Brother-
hood, now declared a terrorist organisation. But
authorities provided no concrete evidence.
The journalists and their supporters insist
they were doing their jobs during a time of vio-
The three were widely seen as having been
caught up in a regional power struggle between
Egypt and Qatar, which funds Al-Jazeera and
had been a strong backer of Morsi. Greste s
release follows a thawing of ties between Cairo
"Hard to believe but YES @PeterGreste is a
free man," his brother Andrew wrote on Twit-
ter.An Egyptian prison official and the nation s
official news agency said Greste was released
following a presidential "approval."
The official and an Interior Ministry statement
said he was released under a new deportation
law passed last year. The law appeared to have
been tailored to the Al-Jazeera case.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity
because they were not authorised to speak to
the media. There was no word on the fate of
the other two defendants.
Acting Al-Jazeera Director General Mostefa
Souag said the Qatar-based network "will not
rest until Baher and Mohamed also regain their
Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty Interna-
tional s deputy director for the Middle East and
North Africa, welcomed the news of Greste s
release but said "nothing can make up for his
ordeal" and called for the others to be released.
"It is vital that in the celebratory fanfare sur-
rounding his deportation the world does not
forget the continuing ordeal" of his co-work-
ers.Canada also welcomed the "positive devel-
opments," saying it was hopeful that Fahmy s
case would be "resolved shortly," according to
a statement from the office of the Minister of
State for Foreign Affairs and Consular.
The three were convicted on terrorism charges
and for spreading false information, faking
reports to show that the country was on the
verge of civil war and aiding the Brotherhood s
goal of portraying Egypt as a failed state.
Mohammed received an additional three years
for his possession of a spent bullet he had picked
up as a souvenir. Three other foreign reporters
received 10-year sentences in absentia. Twelve
other co-defendants were sentenced to between
seven and 10 years, some of them in absentia.
MENDOZA---A Scottish climber has died while at-
tempting to scale Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak
in the Western hemisphere.
Argentine authorities said yesterday that 58-year-
old Roger Cookson suffered a heart attack while as-
cending the peak with a friend and a tour guide.
He fell into distress Saturday while approaching the
summit of the 22,835-foot (6,960-metre) tall moun-
Cookson's companions called for help, but rescuers
were unable to save him, public security officials in the
province of Mendoza told The Associated Press. (AP)
Scottish climber dies ascending Argentina's highest peak
Egypt releases jailed journalist
In this March 31, 2014 file photo, Al-Jazeera English
producer Baher Mohamed, left, Canadian-Egyptian
acting Cairo bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy and
correspondent Peter Greste appear in court along
with several other defendants during their trial on
terror charges, in Cairo, Egypt. AP PHOTO
According to a law passed late last year,
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi ---
who as military chief overthrew Morsi
amid popular protests against the Islamist
leader's year-long rule --- has the power to
deport foreign defendants or convicts if it's
considered to be in the interest of national
security. The law was seen as providing a
potential legal instrument with which to
free the journalists.
El-Sissi had repeatedly said he wants to
end the case, which has prompted a storm
of international criticism.
Greste, 49, had only been in Egypt for a
few weeks when he was detained. Fahmy
had taken up his post as an acting bureau
chief only a couple of months before his
After freelancing in Britain, Greste joined
the BBC as its Afghanistan correspondent
in 1995. The following year, he covered
Yugoslavia for Reuters before returning to
He spent more than a decade with the
British broadcaster, reporting from across
Latin America, the Middle East and Africa
before joining Al-Jazeera in 2011 --- the
year he won a prestigious Peabody Award
for a BBC report on Somalia. Greste's
hometown is Brisbane, Australia, but he
now lives in Nairobi.
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