Canadian journalist's release from Egypt 'imminent'
03 February 2015, 14:57
Toronto - Canada's foreign minister said on
Monday the release of Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy from a prison in
Egypt is "imminent”.
Fahmy, a dual Egyptian-Canadian citizen,
has relinquished his Egyptian citizenship as prerequisite to his deportation.
Foreign Minister John Baird spoke to the
Canadian Broadcasting Corp a day after Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste of
Australia was released after more than a year in prison. Baird gave no specific
time frame for Fahmy's release, and his spokesperson declined further comment.
Greste, Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohammed
were arrested in December 2013 and later convicted over their coverage of the
violent crackdown on Islamist protests that year.
Baird spoke with his Egyptian counterpart
on Sunday and said he welcomed Greste's release. He said he remained hopeful
that Fahmy's case will be resolved in "short order”.
Fahmy's brother, Adel Fahmy, said
authorities gave him a choice: "dropping the nationality or his
"It was a very difficult decision.
Mohamed is very proud and comes from a patriotic family of high ranking
military and policemen that have defended this country and fought its
wars," Adel Fahmy said.
He said many of those family members are
offended and upset at Mohamed for dropping his nationality and don't want to
even say goodbye to him.
Adel Fahmy said his brother was devastated
but his fiance and his mother told him do it. He said authorities told his
brother he would be allowed to return as a tourist.