February 8, 2015
By Diana Mehta
Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy is set to face a retrial on terrorism-related charges in Cairo this Thursday, a development his family called their “worst nightmare.”
Fahmy — who has spent more than a year in an Egyptian prison — was expected to be set free after former Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said just days ago that his release was “imminent.”
But Fahmy’s family said Sunday that the 40-year-old journalist and his Egyptian colleague will now be re-tried on Feb. 12.
“The trial date on Feb. 12th represents our worst nightmare, to have to go through another circus of a retrial,” Fahmy’s brother Adel said in a statement.
Fahmy and two colleagues — Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohamed — were working for satellite news broadcaster Al Jazeera English when they were arrested on Dec. 29, 2013.
They were accused of supporting the banned Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi. They were also charged with fabricating footage to undermine Egypt’s national security.
The trio denied all the allegations against them but after a trial that was internationally criticized, Fahmy and Greste were sentenced to seven years in prison, while Mohamed was sentenced to 10 years.
An appeal in January allowed their case to be re-tried, but a date had not been set and Fahmy’s family had hoped diplomatic efforts would secure the journalist’s release before the matter went to court again.
Greste was then freed last Sunday under new legislation that allows Egypt’s president to deport foreigners convicted or accused of crimes.
Fahmy — who had dual Egyptian-Canadian citizenship — had relinquished his Egyptian citizenship with the hope of being released under the same legislation.
The announcement of the retrial date dealt a blow to his family, who said Fahmy gave up his Egyptian citizenship because authorities had suggested the move was a condition for his release.
“The authorities visited him before the appeal hearing on January 1st. and made a deal with him to renounce it in return for his freedom,” Fahmy’s brother said.
“It was one of the most difficult decisions he has ever taken that has left him demoralised.”
Fahmy’s family also expressed their disappointment at the Canadian government.
“We have been let down by the Canadian government’s conservative approach in the handling of the case,” Fahmy’s brother said.
“That is also the feeling of the Egyptian officials and public figures sympathizing with us who are shocked that the Canadian prime minister had not intervened yet to expedite matters.”
Fahmy, his lawyers and a number of human rights groups have called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to personally intervene in the case.
Lynne Yelich , minister of state for foreign affairs and consular affairs, said the Canadian government continued to raise Fahmy’s case “at the highest levels.”
“Canada is deeply concerned with the announcement that a re-trial date has been set despite assurances that Mr. Fahmy would be released,” Yelich said in a statement.
“Canada calls for the immediate release of Mr. Fahmy.”
Fahmy’s family said Sunday, however, that they were taking matters into their own hands.
“We are now doing the leg work ourselves as a family knocking the doors of the prosecutor, foreign ministry and presidency,” they said, adding that Amal Clooney, Fahmy’s high profile human rights lawyer, is expected to travel to Cairo in the coming days to press for his release.
“She had planned to fly from LA to Toronto to meet Fahmy upon his release but she hopes they can fly together out of Cairo toward freedom,” his family said.
Fahmy moved to Canada with his family in 1991, living in Montreal and Vancouver for years before eventually moving abroad for work, which included covering stories for the New York Times and CNN.
He took over as acting bureau chief of Al Jazeera’s English-language channel in Cairo in September 2013.
Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre
The Federal Government spends Billions of Ontario's entirely unaccountable Criminal Cartel called the Children's Aid Societies of Ontario who employ the worst examples of domestic terrorism like
Marguerite Lewis, an evidence Fabricating Child Abusing Lawyer for the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa.
The Excrement of Canadian Criminality does not end there. The very worst of the worst fabricators of evidence for the CAS become Judges like the
Dishonourable Timothy Minnema, a former CAS lawyer turned dead beat Judge who now Fabricates Evidence Personally to assist the CAS.
Tim Minnema was and probably still is a member of the Dutch Reform church, notorious during WW2 for collaboration with 3rd Reich programs of Racial Superiority.
Now Minnema is famous for Collaborating with the CAS in their Terror Campaign of Gender Superiority that entitles him to turn a blind eye to fabrication of evidence by CAS lawyers like Marguerite Lewis.
If Canada is going to have any real success in fighting domestic terrorism at least the Government can stop funding and start charging these domestic terrorists who are leaving trails of endless destroyed lives and abused children.
Ottawa Mens Centre
One of the worst examples of Domestic Terrorists in Canada is that of
Tara Dobec is none other than the head Crown Attorney in Ottawa who intimidates and terrorizes Ottawa with Malicous Prosecutions against Male Victims of Domestic Violence.
At the same time, she STAYS charges against the most violent of Female offenders who commit outrageous examples of assaults against children and attempted murder of male victims of domestic violence.
Tara Dobec recently stayed charges against a violent female dentistry student
after charges were approved and screened by one of her own Crown Attorney's for
Death Threats and assault which was for some 55 assaults in just one day and
there was evidence of hundreds of other days of assaults.
The evidence was Doctors reports of injuries, photos taken by doctors and at police HQ Ottawa, and digital audio recording of all the assaults in which the violent mother admitted assaulting children, making death threats, and gave specific reasons as to why the full time father deserved to be habitually assaulted.
This violent female dentistry student then assaulted another male partner who reported the assault to the Ottawa police, that she had placed a stronghold around his neck, with both hands, with her thumbs intertwined around his windpipe she told him "My father was KGB, I know what I am doing".
The Ottawa Police failed to even investigate.
The emboldened violent mother, then threatened him with false allegations to have his kids removed and when he reported that intimidation of a witness to the Ottawa Police they did nothing.
If you are a father in Ontario, consider leaving the province as Ontario and in particular Ottawa is a very dangerous place to be a full time father where we have authorities promoting murder and violence against fathers.
Ottawa Mens Centre