Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has alleged to have had raised the case of a Canadian journalist on trial in Egypt, Mohamed Fahmy, in a recent meeting with his counterpart in Cairo. According to the sources, Baird raised concerns about fulfilling Mohamed Fahmy’s medical necessities and the importance of a fair and timely trial. According to Mr. Baird, he discussed the matter first-hand with Egypt’s Foreign Minister on Thursday and met with Mr. Fahmy’s family on Friday morning.
The Cairo bureau chief for the Al Jazeera English television network, Mr. Fahmy, was detained by Egyptian authorities in late December on allegations that he and other journalists conspired with the Muslim Brotherhood and threatened Egypt’s national security. During a phone interview on Friday, Mr. Baird alleged that “obviously we’re concerned first and foremost for his health, about him getting medical treatment for his shoulder.” Mr. Fahmy received injuries to his shoulder a short while before his arrest and was not allowed to visit a hospital for an MRI until several months after his arrest.
According to Fahmy’s brother, Sherif Fahmy, the family had hoped Mr. Baird would use this week’s visit to intervene on the case. Mohamed Fahmy and his family immigrated to Canada from Egypt about 20 years ago and is a dual citizen. He is being tried along with 19 other international journalists, including Australian reporter Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed. Their trial was adjourned for the fourth time in late March and is expected to resume April 22.
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