Canada to issue passport to Al Jazeera journalist Fahmy

Reuters , Tuesday 21 Apr 2015

Mohamed Fahmy faces a retrial in the same case as his Australian colleague Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohamed

Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy
Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 (Photo: AP)

The Canadian government said on Monday it is now able to issue a passport to Mohamed Fahmy, the Al Jazeera journalist and naturalised Canadian who had been jailed in Egypt and is awaiting retrial there.

"After several weeks of intervention by government officials on Mr Fahmy's behalf, we are now in a position to issue Mr Fahmy's passport despite ongoing legal issues and travel restrictions," Kevin Menard, a spokesman for Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, said in an e-mail.

Fahmy, who has given up his Egyptian citizenship, was released on bail in February after spending more than a year in custody.

He and two other Al Jazeera journalists were originally sentenced to between seven and 10 years in prison on charges including spreading lies to help a "terrorist organisation,” which they have denied. Egypt's high court in January ordered a retrial.

The Canadian government in February welcomed the decision to release Fahmy on bail but said the prospect of him standing retrial was "unacceptable."


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