Jan 01, 2015
By Bob Sheppard
It isn’t freedom yet, but Mohammed Fahmy has been granted a new trial.
Fahmy, an Egyptian-Canadian journalist with Al-Jazeera English, has been held in jail for more than a year with two of his colleagues on suspicion of joining the Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false news harmful to state security.
Egypt considers the Muslim Brotherhood to be a terrorist organization.
Their trial was considered a sham by rights groups.
Defence lawyers say they believe a new trial for Fahmy and his colleagues will begin within a month.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will be going to Egypt in the coming weeks and will push for Fahmy’s release.