Canadian Ambassador, Egypt prosecutor discuss release of Jazeera's Fahmy

Ahram Online , Wednesday 11 Feb 2015

Egyptian-Canadian journalist gave up his Egyptian citizenship to qualify for deportation

Mohammed Fahmy, Canadian-Egyptian acting bureau chief of Al-Jazeera, appears in a defendant's cage along with several other defendants (Photo: AP)

Canadian Ambassador to Egypt Ferry de Kerckhove is set to meet Egypt`s prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat on Wednesday to Egyptian-Canadian jailed Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy.

Kerckhove, along with a Canadian delegation, would reportedly lobby Barakat to speed-up legal procedures for Fahmy’s release and deportation.

The three Al Jazeera journalists were arrested in December 2013 and later sentenced to 7-10 years in prison on charges of aiding the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

In early January, the court of Cassation ordered a retrial for all 15 defendants in the case, including the three journalists.

In early February, Fahmy gave up his Egyptian citizenship, paving the way for his release and deportation under a recent presidential decree issued by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

El-Sisi`s decree authorises non-Egyptian defendants on trial or convicts to be sent to their home countries to be tried or serve their sentences.

Australian Peter Gretse, one of the three Jailed Al Jazeera journalists, has already been deported to his homeland according to the newly passed law.

The remaining Al Jazeera journalist in the case, Egyptian journalist Baher Mohamed, who remains behind bars, could be freed only by a presidential pardon after he exhausts all legal options.

Mohamed said earlier that he will not give up his Egyptian nationality in an attempt to be freed as he believes in the integrity of the Egyptian judiciary.

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